The Plight of the Bee

For our group project I have decided to do a series of bugs. Was breaking them down into categories and looking at them two different ways. First they can be land, sea, air—or I might narrow them down even more by forest, city, desert and sea. Choosing some insects that we need for our survival and others that we know will be here a thousand years from now. So how will they adapt? The first insect that I was working on was the bumble bee—and what did I see this week, but the cover of Time magazine. Not only is it on my mind but everyone else’s. In reading that article, I was alarmed by the situation of the bee and I learned how extremely important the bee is to us.
This is from the article: You can thank the Apis mellifera, better known as the Western honeybee, for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls you’ll eat today. Honeybees — which pollinate crops like apples, blueberries and cucumbers — are the “glue that holds our agricultural system together,” as the journalist Hannah Nordhaus put it in her 2011 book The Beekeeper’s Lament.
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Why I was considering the bee is I have a beautiful little gold pendant that a friend had brought back from a trip to Greece that I wear on a regular basis. I like the symbolism of the bee; Bees are the symbol of fertility and sexuality. Its honeycomb, a hexagon, is the symbol of the heart and represents the sweetness of life found within our own heart.
It is also the symbol of the sun and all its energies.The Bee is the symbol of accomplishing the impossible. Aerodynamically, its body is too large for its wings and should not be able to fly. Although now we understand how it does fly (high rate of wing movement) the Bee remains a symbol of accomplishing anything you put your mind to.

Looking at various bees and bee jewelry for details and starting to consider what changes does the bee need to make to survive. Watch for my sketches starting to work out the details and materials that will be used to create my bees.