The more we know of other forms of life,
the more we enjoy and respect ourselves. Humanity
is exalted not because we are so far above other
living creatures, but because knowing them well
elevates the very concept of life."
-- Edward O. Wilson
Bees are the only insect on earth producing food that humans eat. Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water; and it's the only food that contains "pinocembrin", anantioxidant associated with improved brain functioning. (source)
~ Dr. Stephen Buchman, Letters From The Hive
“If I had influence with the good fairy, who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things artificial, and the alienation from the sources of our strength.” -- Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder
queen and workers like honey bees and bumble bees.
It could be said that each solitary bee is her own queen.