A bee is a flying insect.
Bee, The Bee or The Bees may also refer to:
The bee, found in Ancient Near East and Aegean cultures, was believed to be the sacred insect that bridged the natural world to the underworld.
Motifs of a bee god, Ah-Muzen-Cab, are seen in Maya civilization.
Bee (2003) is an EP released by Tracy Bonham. The EP was recorded after performing on Blue Man Group's album The Complex and was only available to her fans while on tour. In 2005, Bee was re-issued as a CD/DVD in Europe titled Something Beautiful.
The EP features a cover of the Led Zeppelin song " Black Dog", with the lead guitar line played instead on an electric violin.
Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the European honey bee, for producing honey and beeswax. Bees are a monophyletic lineage within the superfamily Apoidea, presently considered as a cladeAnthophila. There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees in seven to nine recognized families, though many are undescribed and the actual number is probably higher. They are found on every continent except Antarctica, in every habitat on the planet that contains insect-pollinated flowering plants.
Some species including honey bees, bumblebees, and stingless bees live socially in colonies. Bees are adapted for feeding on nectar and pollen, the former primarily as an energy source and the latter primarily for protein and other nutrients. Most pollen is used as food for larvae. Bee pollination is important both ecologically and commercially; the decline in wild bees has increased the value of pollination by commercially managed hives of honey bees.
Bees range in size from tiny stingless bee species whose workers are less than long, to Megachile pluto, the largest species of leafcutter bee, whose females can attain a length of . The most common bees in the Northern Hemisphere are the Halictidae, or sweat bees, but they are small and often mistaken for wasps or flies. Vertebrate predators of bees include birds such as bee-eaters; insect predators include beewolves and dragonflies.
Human beekeeping or apiculture has been practised for millennia, since at least the times of Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. Apart from honey and pollination, honey bees produce beeswax, royal jelly and propolis. Bees have appeared in mythology and folklore, again since ancient times, and they feature in works of literature as varied as Virgil's Georgics, Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Mrs Tittlemouse, and W. B. Yeats's poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree. Bee larvae are included in the Javanese dish botok tawon, where they are eaten steamed with shredded coconut.
'"Bee" is a song recorded by German singers Lena Meyer-Landrut and Jennifer Braun, composed by American- Israeli songwriter Rosi Golan, American singer-songwriter Mayaeni Strauss and Norwegian songwriter Per Kristian Ottestad. Both Braun and Meyer-Landrut released their versions of the song, but Meyer-Landrut's version outperformed Braun's, reaching number three in the German singles chart while Braun's version peaked at No. 21.
Bee is a surname.
Those bearing it include the following:
- Andrew Bee (fl. 1860s), American soldier
- Anji Bee (born c. 1976), American musician
- Barnard E. Bee, Sr. (1787–1853), Texas politician
- Barnard Elliott Bee, Jr., (1824–1861), American soldier
- Carlos Bee (1867–1932), American politician
- Clair Bee (1896–1983), American basketball coach
- Ephraim Bee (1802–1888), American politician
- Guy Bee (fl. 2000s), American director & producer
- Hamilton P. Bee (1822–1897), American soldier & politician
- Helen Bee (born 1939), American psychologist
- Jaymz Bee (fl. from 1980s), Canadian musician
- Kenny Bee (born 1953), Hong Kong musician & actor
- Molly Bee (1939–2009), American singer
- Samantha Bee (born 1969), Canadian performer
- Thomas Bee (1739–1812), American farmer & jurist
- Tim Bee (fl. 2000s), American politician
- Tom Bee (fl. from 1970s), American musician & entrepreneur
The ancient EgyptianBee (hieroglyph), Gardiner sign listed no. L2, is the representation of a honeybee. The bee figures prominently throughout Ancient Egyptian history, and started in the early Protodynastic Period, for example with Pharaoh Den. His timeperiod famously produced 20 tomb-labels (tags) that recorded events, and told short stories, with the first use of hieroglyphs, that by 2900 BC time had included biliterals, some triliterals, and the Egyptian hieroglyphic uniliterals.
The form of the bee on Den's labels, and others in the timeperiond ( Semerkhet), show similar form, a flying bee, at an angle. The later forms are more "horizontal, wings outspread".
In the Egyptian language, the bee (hieroglyph) is used as an idiogram for the "bee"; it has the phonetic value in the language usage for bit.
Bee is the name of the following newspapers:McClatchy Newspapers, California:
- The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento, California, founded in 1857
- The Fresno Bee, Fresno, California, founded in 1922
- The Modesto Bee, Modesto, California, founded in 1884 as the Daily Evening News, renamed the Modesto Bee and News-Herald in 1833, and shortened to the Modesto Bee in 1975
:* Lancaster Bee, serving Lancaster, founded in 1877
:* Amherst Bee founded in 1879 in Williamsville, New York, by Adam Lorenzo Rinewalt (1849–1902)
:* Depew Bee, Depew, founded in 1893
:* Clarence Bee, Clarence, founded in 1937
:* Ken-Ton Bee, village of Kenmore and town of Tonawanda, New York, founded in 1982
:* Cheektowaga Bee, Cheektowaga, founded in 1977
:* West Seneca Bee, West Seneca, founded in 1980
:* Orchard Park Bee, the Orchard Park, founded in 1986
:* East Aurora Bee, East Aurora, founded in 1987Other areas and companies:
- Omaha Bee (1871-1920), Omaha, Nebraska
- The Toledo Bee, Toledo, Ohio, merged into The Toledo News-Bee in 1903
- Washington Bee (1882-1922), a defunct weekly newspaper based in Washington, DC, primarily read by African-Americans
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
p. p. of Be; -- used for been. [Obs.]
Bee \Bee\ (b[=e]), n. [AS. be['o]; akin to D. bij and bije, Icel. b[=y], Sw. & Dan. bi, OHG. pini, G. biene, and perh. Ir. beach, Lith. bitis, Skr. bha. [root]97.]
(Zo["o]l.) An insect of the order Hymenoptera, and family Apid[ae] (the honeybees), or family Andrenid[ae] (the solitary bees.) See Honeybee.
Note: There are many genera and species. The common honeybee ( Apis mellifica) lives in swarms, each of which has its own queen, its males or drones, and its very numerous workers, which are barren females. Besides the Apis mellifica there are other species and varieties of honeybees, as the Apis ligustica of Spain and Italy; the Apis Indica of India; the Apis fasciata of Egypt. The bumblebee is a species of Bombus. The tropical honeybees belong mostly to Melipoma and Trigona.
A neighborly gathering of people who engage in united labor for the benefit of an individual or family; as, a quilting bee; a husking bee; a raising bee. [U. S.]
The cellar . . . was dug by a bee in a single day.
--S. G. Goodrich.
pl. [Prob. fr. AS. be['a]h ring, fr. b?gan to bend. See 1st Bow.] (Naut.) Pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays through; -- called also bee blocks. Bee beetle (Zo["o]l.), a beetle ( Trichodes apiarius) parasitic in beehives. Bee bird (Zo["o]l.), a bird that eats the honeybee, as the European flycatcher, and the American kingbird. Bee flower (Bot.), an orchidaceous plant of the genus Ophrys ( Ophrys apifera), whose flowers have some resemblance to bees, flies, and other insects. Bee fly (Zo["o]l.), a two winged fly of the family Bombyliid[ae]. Some species, in the larval state, are parasitic upon bees. Bee garden, a garden or inclosure to set beehives in; an apiary. --Mortimer. Bee glue, a soft, unctuous matter, with which bees cement the combs to the hives, and close up the cells; -- called also propolis. Bee hawk (Zo["o]l.), the honey buzzard. Bee killer (Zo["o]l.), a large two-winged fly of the family Asilid[ae] (esp. Trupanea apivora) which feeds upon the honeybee. See Robber fly. Bee louse (Zo["o]l.), a minute, wingless, dipterous insect ( Braula c[ae]ca) parasitic on hive bees. Bee martin (Zo["o]l.), the kingbird ( Tyrannus Carolinensis) which occasionally feeds on bees. Bee moth (Zo["o]l.), a moth ( Galleria cereana) whose larv[ae] feed on honeycomb, occasioning great damage in beehives. Bee wolf (Zo["o]l.), the larva of the bee beetle. See Illust. of Bee beetle. To have a bee in the head or To have a bee in the bonnet.
To be choleric. [Obs.]
To be restless or uneasy.
To be full of fancies; to be a little crazy. ``She's whiles crack-brained, and has a bee in her head.''
--Sir W. Scott.
Bee, NE -- U.S. village in Nebraska
Housing Units (2000): 89
Land area (2000): 0.247993 sq. miles (0.642298 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.247993 sq. miles (0.642298 sq. km)
FIPS code: 03600
Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31
Location: 41.005857 N, 97.057969 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 68314
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Bee -- U.S. County in Texas
Housing Units (2000): 10939
Land area (2000): 880.143320 sq. miles (2279.560638 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.170296 sq. miles (0.441064 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 880.313616 sq. miles (2280.001702 sq. km)
Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48
Location: 28.411702 N, 97.746289 W
Bee County, TX
n. (context soccer English) someone connected with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnet%20Football%20Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
stinging insect, Old English beo "bee," from Proto-Germanic *bion (cognates: Old Norse by, Old High German bia, Middle Dutch bie), possibly from PIE root *bhi- "quiver." Used metaphorically for "busy worker" since 1530s.\n
\nSense of "meeting of neighbors to unite their labor for the benefit of one of their number," 1769, American English, probably is from comparison to the social activity of the insect; this was extended to other senses (such as spelling bee, first attested 1809; Raising-bee (1814) for building construction; also hanging bee "a lynching"). To have a bee in (one's) bonnet (1825), said of one who is harebrained or has an intense new notion or fancy, is said in Jamieson to be Scottish, perhaps from earlier expressions such as head full of bees (1510s), denoting mad mental activity.
n. any of numerous hairy-bodied insects including social and solitary species
a social gathering to carry out some communal task or to hold competitions
Usage examples of "bee".
In 1922 the United States had prohibited the import of foreign bees because they were bringing with them a tiny eight-legged tick called the Acarine mite.
Then the old woman rendring out like sighes, began to speake in this sort : My daughter take a good heart unto you, and bee not afeared at feigned and strange visions and dreams, for as the visions of the day are accounted false and untrue, so the visions of the night doe often change contrary.
Paula murmured, smiling to herself as she thought affectionately of Emily, her busy little bee forever trying to be of help.
In this way Bluenose gets led on to offer himself as a lovier, afore he knows where he bees.
Bees wandered among the heliotrope and verbena and pots of sapphire agapanthus, and even that shady place felt the hot breath of the summer noon.
There has cum a leter for a sertun persen this morning, with a Lundun posmark, and i do not now hand nor sele, but bad writting, which i have not seen wot contanes, but I may, for as you told me offen, you are anceus for welfare of our famly, as i now to be no more than trewth, so I am anceus to ascest you Sir, wich my conseynce is satesfid, but leter as trubeled a sertun persen oufull, hoo i new was engry, and look oufull put about, wich do not offen apen, and you may sewer there is sumthing in wind, he is alday so oufull peefish, you will not thing worse of me speeken plane as yo disier, there beeing a deel to regret for frends of the old famly i feer in a sertun resent marrege, if I shud lern be chance contense of letter i will sewer rite you.
In a few minutes the hated stench of the aldehyde would have driven any bees still hanging about the comb down to the next level in the hive.
This was much more the sort of room Ana had expected Bee to have Been living in.
Although Bee was her half sister, Ana tended to think of her as more of a sixteenth sister, or a sixty-fourth sister, or even, to put it decimally, a nought-point-nought-nought-nought-one-percent sister.
But on the other hand, Ana had always found Bee frus-tratingly shallow and occasionally downright cruel.
Bee grimaced at her sideways and Ana felt herself die a little inside.
And then Bee turned to talk to Gay, her interaction with Ana officially over.
The conversation between Bee and Gay was becoming predictably fractious, and Ana pulled herself from her daydreams.
But as the car disappeared into the exit tunnel and Bee thought she was out of view, Ana saw her drop her hand, break off her smile, and let her shoulders slump forward before turning and heading slowly toward the lifts.
Bee did send Ana a card, however, with a photograph of a lily on the front.