The Mating Habits of Bees
One of the most enjoyable parts of having to cut hair for a living is the interesting conversations on a variety of subjects!
Today's subject: Bees!
Bees are apparently fascinating little creatures that one might not really pay attention to unless you develop a passion for them, as this client did.
Somehow, we got to talking about their mating rituals and how the women are the dominant sex. So much so, that when the men cease to be useful, they are literally- literally- pushed from the hive!
The men's only job is to mate. So they all go and "hang out" in a particular place and wait for the females to come by and choose them. And once the female has... uh... finished with him, she rips his heart out to kill him. Quick and over. No mixed messages there.
What a happy life!
He was a little taken back by my opinion. But think about it, men. What man wouldn't love to die just after sex? If you gotta go, might as well die happy, right? And sure, maybe their life is short, but it's a happy one. Eat, scope for chicks, mate then die. I would think it would be every male species dream! No responsibilities BUT mating. No raising larva, no bringing home the honey, just mating.
Sounds not completely unlike their human counterparts. They too go to places to troll for women and they think their only job is to mate... interesting.
I mention the above tongue and cheek of course, but it does make me wonder at God's miracles. He takes the time to structure the lives of the tiniest of creatures. And as God went on to experiment with other critters of varying complexities, He made their mating rituals unique as well. From the killing Queen Bee to the mate-for-life Cardinals. Then... He made humans who run the gamut of every mating style in between. (Except that the killing part is no longer legal...) Some couples stay together for life. Some only stay together to procreate. Some have no other commitment other than mating, and some choose a life of solitude. And every once in a while, you have the random female that wants to rip his heart out... and does. Figuratively and literally. This website does not endorse either one...
It's amazing what you can learn in a fifteen minute conversation. And for the bee enthusiasts out there, forgive me if I over generalized or got some of my facts incorrect. It was only fifteen minutes....