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Journal writing project: Life as a Honeybee

By Lydia Geving

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Lydia Geving

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be something else in this life? Maybe you’ve thought about living a celebrity lifestyle and filming your life on a reality television show or marrying into the royal family like Princess Kate Middleton. I’ve even thought about living under the sea like a mermaid, but have you ever thought about living life as a honeybee? Neither have I, and I wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for a spark of interest in bee farming from my dad and uncle.

In my life as a bee, I would be cleaning, feeding the baby bees, taking care of the queen bee, packing pollen, building and repairing honeycombs, and protecting the hive because female bees are worker bees. The worker bees perform the same tasks outside the hives as field bees do such as gathering nectar and pollen from flowers. For you males, also known as drones, well you are out there in hopes of meeting a queen. Once you’ve found your queen, you bring her back to the hive, and to whoever thinks that queen’s life is so glamorous and easy, you’re wrong. Neither the queen bees nor worker bees sleep during their three to six week life span.

A three to six week life span doesn’t leave you a lot of time to check off some items on your bucket list such as traveling. At a pace of 20 miles per hour and flapping your wings at 200 beats per second, a honey bee doesn’t make it very far. In fact, honeybees only travel a distance of five miles from their hive.

Honeybees play a very important role in our life and the quantity of living we have. Some experts believe that if honeybees became instinct, the human population would be able to sustain itself for four more years due to the process of pollination. Pollination is the process mankind manipulates to increase crop yields and the process of crops grown. Without pollination many crops would not be viable at all. Honeybees are the only insects to produce food that’s ate by humans. Honey contains all the nutrients you need and is said that if you had to, a human could actually live off honey and survive. If a cough from an upper respiratory infection is keeping you awake, try a spoonful of honey as an effective alternative treatment or if you need a kick of energy to start your day try a spoonful of honey. So far being a honeybee probably doesn’t sound the most luxurious lifestyle and I’m sure it wouldn’t be your first choice, but the impact honeybees have on our lives is outstanding.

Lydia Geving is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.


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8:44:28, Nov 19th 2013

bwenthold says:
The author's insight reflects her vision of the world. I enjoyed this article.