Good bee tattoos

These are some of the bee tattoos I have seen lately that I have loved for their strong black and white line. Which one do you like?

black and white bee tattoo
Bee tattoo by Rachel Hauer
black and white and gold bee tattoo
Tattos Time
black and white bee tattoo
Tattoo Zoo
black and white bee tattoo
Buzz Buzz



An urban beehive installation

beehive design
Ru, beehive with cascading flowers attached.

The idea behind Ru, the urban beehive’s concept, is to encourage the reintegration of bees in urban environments.  It is a sculptural design for the urban landscape, which is hoping to create a closer relationship between people and the bees. The beehive would be installed in parks, on greenhouse roofs or other predetermined urban areas. It is designed for the city of Montreal, Quebec by Marc-AndrĂ© Roberge and is called Ru, an urban beehive installation.

See more information about the design concept and drawings of Ru here


Bee quote of the month: September

 bee on azalea
Bumble bee on azalea bloom
Even bees, the little almsmen of spring bowers,
know there is richest juice in poison-flowers. ~ John Keats
BEEKEEPERS: For your interest here is a forum thread about bees and poisonous flowers such as oleander and azalea and rhododendrons.


A bit about bumble bees

about bumblebees

A bumblebee, or bumble bee, is a member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae.

Bumblebees look different from honeybees. The main difference is that bumblebees are usually larger and covered with dense hair. Their round bodies covered in soft hair, called pile, make them appear fuzzy. They often have strong contrasting bands of colour, as a warning signal to their prey.

Bumble bee on a cherry blossom

Bumblebees are important agricultural pollinators, pollinating the crops that provide us with food to eat. Like their relatives the honeybees, they gather nectar to add to the stores in their nest, and pollen to feed their young. Their nests are small and they do not store large quantities of honey.

nest of bumblebees
Bumble bee nest
There are over 20 different species of bumblebees.
bumblebee species
Bumblebees of different species illustrated by Moses Harris in his 1782 Exposition of English Insects
bumblebee stamp russia
Bombus anachoreta on a Russian postage stamp, 2005

Bumblebees are quite popular in modern culture - there have been stamps designed around them and orchestral music composed about them - "Flight of the Bumblebee"

You can learn about Bumblebees in more depth and help save the bumblebee at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust


Bee Quote of the month: March

quotes about honey bees

The bee, from her industry in summer, eats honey all the winter.

Find out about uses for honey in cooking and skin care.


40 000 worker bees participate in avant garde artwork

art work created by bees
Tomas Gabzdil Libertiny: unbearable lightness

40 000 worker bees were released into the glass and plastic case to complete a wax honeycomb structure over a figure.
Libertiny's art work, called unbearable lightness, makes me wonder about using and controlling wild life as the means to fulfilling his final product. The bees, engaging in their natural process, created a honeycomb skin over the figure and then fill each cell with the honey. Find out more at DESIGNBOOM


Bee quote of the Month October

Bee quote
Place a beehive on my grave
and let the honey soak through.

When I'm dead and gone,
that's what I want from you.

The streets of heaven are gold and sunny,
but I'll stick with my plot and a pot of honey.

Place a beehive on my grave
and let the honey soak through.
May's Honey Song, from The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


Bee Quote of the month: June

bee quote by Aristotle
Concerning the generation of animals akin to them, as hornets and wasps, the facts in all cases are similar to a certain extent, but are devoid of the extraordinary features which characterize bees; this we should expect, for they have nothing divine about them as the bees have. 
  Aristotle 384 BC – 322 BC


Bee quote of the month: May

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
    Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey bee,
        And live alone in the bee-loud glade.
    William Butler Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree

If you have a photo you would like to include here of bee hives in a garden please let me know so I can include it.


Brother Adam and the bees

Brother Adam was born Karl Kehrle in 1898, in Germany.
He became a Benedictine monk and a beekeeper at Buckfast Abbey in England.

Buckfast Abbey 1798 painting by J. White Abbott

He became an authority on bee breeding, writing books on the subject and developing the Buckfast bee. This was a strain of very productive bee that was resistant to the Acarapis woodi parasite.
"He was unsurpassed as a breeder of bees. He talked to them, he stroked them. He brought to the hives a calmness that, according to those who saw him at work, the sensitive bees responded to." (The Economist, Sept. 14th 1996)

Many bee breeders, especially in Europe, have used Brother Adam’s stock.


Beekeeping At Buckfast Abbey with a section on mead making
Breeding the Honeybee
Brother Adam- In Search of the Best Strains of Bees

More info about Brother Adam at Elspeth Payne's site.


One beautiful bee brooch

Marcasite Bee Brooch
Hallmarked 925 Sterling Silver Marcasite & Smokey Quartz Bee Brooch
This beautiful bee brooch is crafted from sterling silver, with a pear shaped cut smokey quartz gemstone for the body of the bee. The marcasites, set in sterling silver, are on the wings and legs.

Did you know?
Marcasites are made from pyrite.
Marcasite jewellery has been made since the time of the Ancient Greeks.
It was popular in the eighteenth century, the Victorian era and with Art Nouveau

You can purchase it here at Amazon.  Be quick though as there is only 1 or 2 left.


Bee quote of the month: February

For bees, the flower is the fountain of life;
For flowers, the bee is the messenger of love.
    -Kahlil Gibran, poet