The 10 Most Common Bees, Ranked By Cuteness
Start writing a post
Mental Health

The 10 Most Common Bees, Ranked By Cuteness

Because why not talk about one of the most important animals in our ecosystem?

5548
The 10 Most Common Bees, Ranked By Cuteness

Bees are precious. They're a vital part of our ecosystem, they're almost the sole reason we have food to eat, and they're outright adorable little creatures. On top of all that, almost all bee species are pacifists and will only sting you if aggravated or if stepped on, and even then most can only sting once. While some people are allergic to bees and therefore rightfully a little unnerved by them, most of us can agree that they're absolute little angels, and are always welcome near us. So, I decided to look at some of the most common types of bees and rank them by their cute factors!

10. Sweat Bees

c1.staticflickr.com

Okay, I know I said a lot of good about bees, and I meant it, but not every species is perfect and sweat bees are an example of that. Let's face it, these girls--and their imitators, the hoverfly--are annoying.

They're still very important parts of the ecosystem, as they're both great pollinators, but the sweat bee's obsession with licking human sweat is at least a little creepy and at most fear-instilling as they constantly surround you trying to get a little taste in the middle of their missions. For that reason, sweat bees are at the bottom of my list because their adorable level of tiny can't counteract their general creepy obsession. Sorry, sweat bees.

9. Leafcutter Bees

upload.wikimedia.org

Leafcutter bees are cool, but they aren't really that cute. This isn't to say things can't be both, it's just an observation on many things about them that differ from what generally makes bees adorable. If bees were rated by their traits, leafcutters have many more on the efficiency and creepily-buglike scales than on the cute one.

Leafcutters are cool bees, they're streamlined, they're black and white instead of black and yellow, and they chew up leaves in order to build doors to their habitats. But they look a little evil because in order to chew through the leaves, they need these massive jaws, which on most bugs means you need to be scared they're going to bite you. Of course, being a bee, the leafcutter's sting is their weapon and you probably won't ever meet it.

But it's still uncanny. You're awesome, leafcutter, but this isn't a list of the most awesome bees, it's a list of the cutest ones. Better luck next time.

8. Mason Bees

upload.wikimedia.org

From here on out, now that my negative review of sweat bees and my review of leafcutter bees' coolness are out of the way, the rest of these reviews are gonna be pretty superficial, which is why Mason Bees land at number 8. Mason bees are pretty cute, and their carapace comes in many different shimmery colors, but they burrow inside hollowed-out twigs and stumps caked with mud and they fly super fast which means until they're pollinating, it's easy to mistake them for any animal besides a bee. Also, rather than having thick little baskets of pollen in their legs, they just kind of have it cake all along their underside, as seen in the above photo, which isn't as cute as their counterparts.

They get a bonus for not being able to sting humans though, so those with bee allergies need not worry! They're great bees, though, and one of a few species that you can build cheap homes for, so long as parts of your property can get muddy enough for them.

7. Digger Bee

upload.wikimedia.org

Next, we have these little loves, the Digger bee. Digger bees, again living up to their name, tend to nest underground. This is where they lose most of their cute points, as they are one of the types of bees most likely to be considered pests. Of course, just like most common pests, you can simply build (or in this case drill) homes for them, but they can still get in your way. Probably the easiest bee to accidentally step on or accidentally enrage, digger bees' choice of residency is what has knocked these fat lil buddies so far down this list.

6. German Black Bee

upload.wikimedia.org

Also known as the European Dark Bee, these bees are one of my favorites, they're basically the common honey bee's broodier cousin. Almost every trait about them is identical to the Western Honey Bee's, except these bees are native to Germany, they're dark black with dull yellow hairs, and they're a little bit larger. A great bee through and through, but there's nothing altogether that special about them.

5. Blueberry Bee

c1.staticflickr.com

I'll give you three guesses as to what plant is this bee's favorite. Originally found hovering around wild blueberry plants, as humans have bred blueberries into their larger, plumper, more abundant modern form, so too have these bees naturally evolved to be larger, plumper, and more abundant. Able to fit perfectly into blueberry bushes' bell-shaped flowers, these bees would be the apex predator of the blueberry food chain if they weren't vegetarian pollinators and if said food chain wasn't made up by me just now. These bees get some bonus points for fatness, innovation, and loyalty. Bravo, blueberry bee!

4. Carpenter Bee

upload.wikimedia.org

Okay, this is the part where you call me a hypocrite, but it's my list and I do what I want. You see, I docked the leafcutter bee for its big jaw and the digger bee for being a best and yet here I am fawning over the carpenter bee. Why? Because carpenter bees are soft, big, bumbling buffoons. They drill into wood and nest in trees usually, as a solitary bee usually, and therefore parts of your house may be at risk, but they are easy to make homes for and if you have trees in your vicinity, they'll prefer those to the hard, treated wood of your home anyway. Carpenter bees are huge as far as bees go and can look intimidating with their large wood-chewing jaw, their large, slow, movement, their dark carapaces, and their naked abdomen, but if you've ever encountered a carpenter bee you know that in the daylight these suckers are practically blind and move mostly by sense of feel. These bees are much more likely to land on you or bump into you on accident than they are to ever sting you and that, plus their status as absolute units, makes them pretty damn cute if you ask me.

3. Western Honeybee

c1.staticflickr.com

One of the most precious and recognizable matriarchies in the world is that of the Western Honeybee. These absolutely wonderful little worker ladies are the most valuable natural pollinator in the world, and the only widely-domesticated variation of bee. I can't not put the adorably fuzzy, farm-worthy little honey makers high up on this list. Honey bees are amazing, they are tough and resilient, and they are one of the only animals in this world that humans have adapted to rather than vice versa.

These little women have made mankind cater to them and that's exactly as it should be, we have created ways to build them homes, ways to help their populations, and even ways to keep them happy and hard-working as we harvest their bounty in safe and cruelty-free ways. Plus, they have an impact beyond belief, with Mr. Barry B.

Benson from The Bee Movie's help, of being as frequently meme'd as they are genuinely appreciated. I love the duality of these little buggers.

2. Squash Bee

c1.staticflickr.com

Much like the plump little blueberry bees, the squash bee is a flower specialist, in this case one that specializes in the flowers of many squashes. And, just like the blueberry bee, as we have bred squashes, these bees too have evolved. What sets them so far above the blueberry bee, though, is that the squash bee is bigger, fuzzier, and plumper than the blueberry bee, and we all know the three things that makes bees most cute is their large, fuzzy, plumpness emulating every cuddly thing we know. Plus, I hate blueberries and love squash, so sue me.

1. Bumble Bee

upload.wikimedia.org

And finally here we are. The grand winner of the cuteness debate. The piece de resistance. The queen of all queens. The fuzziest, plumpest, largest bee out there, the bumblebee. These ladies are named bumble bees, because of the same reason most other bees are named, their bumbliness is their most prominent feature. If we love clumsy puppies and kittens then we must too love clumsy bees. Therefore the bumble bee checks all of the appropriate boxes for their cuteness meter to absolutely break all fathomable limits and make humans emit a childlike "SQUEEE". These all add up to make bumblebees just win everything.

So there you have it folks, my definitive, wildly opinionated list of the common bees rated in order of cuteness. If you like bee content, and you love the bees, consider sharing this article to make more people fall in love with bees, and also consider donating to my favorite bee charities and organizations!

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Tumblr

Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

An open letter to my father

What you did sounds dumb to me

1001
An open letter to my father
The Truth About My Parents' Divorce

Considering im 18 now & you're one of the best men i've ever met since you have a child; me. I want you to know that I love you, more than anyone, I love you. I don't forgive you for the way you hurt my mother. I'm hurt because you broke our family. Thing went down hill the day you found Laquita. You we're distant & shortly after my mother turned into the coldest, saddest women to walk past me. She's my best friend & so are you. Not one day goes by where I don't wonder what she did wrong. How on earth could you trade your family & the women who loved you unconditionally for a home wrecker? Sounds dumb to me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

1969
Is God Reckless?


First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.


Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Signs You Grew Up In A Small Town

Whether you admit it or not, that tiny town will always have your heart.

1769
The Odyssey

1. You still talk to people that you went to elementary school with.

These are the people you grew up with and the people you graduated high school with. The faces you see in kindergarten are the same faces you’ll see for the rest of your life.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

150 Words For Anyone Who Loves Football Games

Why I love high school football games, even though I don't like football.

2749
Dallas News

When most think of high school they think of friend drama, parties, getting your drivers license, and best of all foot ball games.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments