Regarding Bees: Symbols in Modern Society: The Cultural Hive
And that's why birds do it, bees do it
Even educated fleas do it
Let's do it, let's fall in love
—Cole Porter, "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love"
Bees in American History
Bees in the United States flew out of the hive became deeply embedded in the American culture as a symbol of industry and community. Bees were brought to North American by the Virgina Company in 1621 (21), and soon after independence was gained, the Continental Congress of Philadelphia put the image of a beehive (or "skep") on their 45 dollar bill as a symbol of stability (53).
Later, the image of the hive (or "deseret" as it is commonly referred to in Mormon culture) was carried west by pioneers and is now the state symbol of Utah. It can be found anywhere from the door knobs of the Salt Lake City LDS Temple to the state highway signs.
These are just two examples of how bees became a part of American culture and remain an important symbol in people's identities and in communication.
Americans use bees in everyday communition through the use of idioms. Some of the idiomatic phrases are older in origin yet are still used and recognized by many as people are still using nature today as a way to connect to one another.
A bee has very tiny knees, which is why this phrase was originally used to describe something weak and insignificant. However, around the 1920s, the phrase, along with others such as “cat’s pajamas” became a high compliment.
A queen bee means much more than the head of a literal hive. It is also often used to describe a woman who is the head of a group. For example, in the movie Mean Girls, Regina George is called the queen bee of her clique of girls who rule the school. The singer Beyonce is also often referred to as Queen Bey (pronounced “bee”).
Hive of activity
The idea of a hive is often used to describe any place with many people working or moving. The New York Times used the image as recent as November 2017 in an article entitled “Building a Buzzy Hive of Invention and Collaboration” to describe Brown University as they turn an old building into a nursing school.
Similarly is the phrase “busy as a bee” to describe someone who is working hard.
The Birds and the bees
a euphemism used to talk about sex. Often the phrase is used as a joke. The New York Times used it May 2017 in the title of the article “Sometimes the Birds and the Bees Get Short Shrift in School.”
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Buruca, AJ. Salt Lake Temple Door Knobs. 10 Mar. 2014, photograph. http://www.ajburuca.com/salt-lake-temple-door-knobs/
Grand, Pierre. Miel et Abeilles. 14 Apr. 2016, Photograph. Flickr.