Saturday, 19 January 2013

Bees

Ring: Delfina Delettrez, Matches
Necklace: Bill Skinner, Asos

The bumblebee: Bombus terrestris. Do you like bees? Being more passive than their wasp relatives, I get the impression that generally, bees are popular insects, and valuable pollinators. I personally find their furriness and black and yellow stripes rather endearing.

Since I was very young, I've enjoyed the wildlife documentaries of Sir David Attenborough, whose comfortingly familiar voice is the authority on fauna and flora on television. Social insects are my absolute favourite to watch (from the safety of my living room) because of their complex hierarchy and teamwork.

Little did I know that attached to bees is a world of symbolism and mythology. So if you're wearing something with bees on it, don't forget all the positive connotations they bring with them!

Bracelet: And Mary, Asos
Earrings: Avalaya

MYTHOLOGY

In ancient Greece, bees were seen as the organisers between earth and sky, a sacred insect that bridged the gap between this world and the afterlife. Bees are also associated with eloquence and speech, from anointing the lips with their honey. The name Melissa means 'honey bee'.

Egyptian mythology features bees, too - sun god Ra's tears turned into bees when the landed on the sand of the desert. Like wasps, ants and termites, bees are eusocial insects, showing an advanced level of social organisation. Consequently, governed by an omnipotent queen, bees represent royalty, their hive was seen as a model of absolute monarchy.


HERALDRY
Manchester City Council's crest
The Latin means 'wisdom and effort'

Closer to home, Manchester City Council's crest features a bee - these well-loved insects are used throughout heraldry to represent diligence and industriousness.


MODERN MYTH

Have you ever heard that, according to aerodynamic calculation, bumblebees should not be able to fly? The calculations were made in the twentieth century upon the assumption of fixed-wing flight, but bumblebees actually fly using different mechanics, like how helicopters fly. So, bumblebees in fact do not 'violate aerodynamic theory'!

Top: Oasis, Asos
Shirt: Warehouse
Dress: Oasis, Asos
Bee mythology sources: Wikipedia, Lune de Miel

10 comments:

  1. I'm not a fan of bees ever since I stepped on one and had to get the stinger removed...it was a painful reminder however I do like that bee cuff bracelet. Very cute.

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    1. Owwwch. I don't think I've ever been stung by a bee or wasp before.

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  2. I love love bees. They're cuter AND friendlier than wasps. And they make some snazzy accessories... look at that pretty ring, ack! <3

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  3. Love that cuff w/ the BEE! Also of course...there is this little ditty: "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years left of life." -Einstein...as in the genius.

    xox

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing with me that little quote! Without pollinators, everyone would indeed be pretty stuffed xD

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  4. Love the mix of fashion, history and science in the post - LALM selection well deserved!
    My all-time favourite bee inspiration is the Bee Girl from the No Rain-Blind Melon video...not as fashionable or sophisticated as your picks above, but a bit of fun :)

    Devon
    www.InformedStyle.com

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    1. What a lovely comment! I'm glad you like the mix of science and history.

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  5. Loooooove bees! Maybe not when they sting though ;) cool post!

    http://www.girlscout.ie

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    1. I don't think I've ever been stung before, but once my sister stepped on a wasp that was on her slipper. The wasp's last act was to sting her xD

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