And, for a little Friday amusement, a poem that was recently posted on the Entomo-L listserver:

The bee is such a busy soul,
She has no time for birth control.
So that is why at times like these,
There are so many sons of Bs.

Doug Yanega pointed out that a bee that doesn’t mate will, in fact, produce only sons of Bs, since that is how the apian haplodiploidy system works.


Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. Thanks for posting this! I wish I could “like” ENTOMO-L posts more often.

  2. That’s clever on so many levels, I am full of admiration. =)

    (P.S. SO glad to see you posting–yay!)

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