Devoted bees until death

Abeilles dévouées jusqu’ à la mort
Devoted bees until death

English version below the pictures

Lundi dernier, le 14 octobre à 19h, je finissais d’ arracher les dahlias et j’étais près d’un groupe d’asters. J’ai remarqué beaucoup d’abeilles, qui butinaient, passant d’une fleur à l’autre, sans relâche. Elles ont poursuivi leur travail acharné jusqu’à 18h45, le soleil était tombé et la luminosité était basse mais la température était douce. Elles ont bien fait, car un quart d’heure plus tard est tombée une grosse pluie d’orage.

Bee on Asters Abeille sur une fleur d’Aster Photo M. Fauquet 2019

Last Monday, October 14 at 19h, I finished digging off the dahlias and I was near a group of asters. I noticed a lot of bees, that were collecting nectar and pollen from one flower to another, without any rest. They continued their hard work until 6:45 pm, the sun was very low and the brightness was low but the temperature was still mild. They did well because a quarter of an hour later, a heavy rainstorm occurred

Les abeilles qui récoltaient le nectar et le pollen des fleurs pour fabriquer du miel ne travaillaient pas pour elles-mêmes, mais uniquement pour les membres de la ruche (reine, ouvrières, larves). Elles mourront dans quelques jours totalement épuisées par la récolte et les vols (des fleurs à la ruche et vice versa)
Avant cette collecte de nectar et de pollen, elles travaillaient à une autre tâche dans la ruche. Elles ont donné leur vie pour la vie de la ruche. Cela ne nous fait-il pas penser à quelqu’un il y a deux mille ans?

Une autre abeille Another bee. photo M. Fauquet 2019

Those bees that were gathering nectar and pollen from the flowers to make honey were not working for themselves but only for the hive members ( queen, workers, larvae ). They will die in some days totally exhausted by the honey gathering and the flights ( from the flowers to hive and vice versa)
Before this nectar and pollen gathering they were working to another tasks into the hive They gave their life for the hive’s life . Does not this make us think of someone two thousands years ago ?

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102 Responses to Devoted bees until death

  1. attatudy says:

    Interesting analogy Michel. Bravo!

  2. Thank you for the photos of bees and flowers. I hadn’t seen that flower before. It’s so like a daisy (my favorite), but also different.
    The idea of working for the greater good is something we are so lacking right now. No wonder the bees are dying off.

  3. mrswrangler says:

    You are true my friend

  4. We need the bees more than they need us. Long live the bees. 🙂

  5. Lavinia Ross says:

    These are beautiful photos of the bees on the aster flowers, Michel! Yes, Nature does teach us if we are willing to look, listen and learn.

  6. Eat Right Chef Louisa says:

    C’est une vie merveilleuse, dévouées totalement aux autres. Oui, j’ai compris de qui tu as parlé il y a 2,000 ans! C’est un bon comparison!

  7. atagrandma says:

    Good thoughts and beautiful pictures. I love the analogy.

  8. blb1 says:

    A lot is said about our loss of bees in this country but no one has made the comparison you have. Much to think about too.

  9. cocosangel says:

    If it was me, I would have run far away when I see the bees. You are brave to have stayed and watched what they are doing

  10. such a beautiful analogy Michel, I so enjoyed the lovely photograph. I have a great respect for the work of the bees without which our planet would be in more trouble than it is. Lovely post.
    Holly ❤

  11. Such a beautiful post Michel. Thank you!

  12. puffpop says:

    Bees are wonderful, hard working and provide honey . Local honey is always the best. We go to a local beekeeper. our bees collect nectar from local orange groves. I use honey in my tea and my warm cereal, Cream of Rice….also in a couple of my bread recipes. Those are beautiful pictures…

  13. cjjustice1 says:

    I love the comparison of what Jesus did by dying for us! I have read about bees, but I always love the way that you explain things so well! What a beautiful analogy you made, Michel.
    Love ❤ Carolyn

  14. suester7 says:

    Oh yes, it does point to someone else. What a great analogy, Michel!

  15. With tears in my eyes, I think of Jesus. He who gave all unselfishly, sacrificially, and from a heart of agape love. That will always be humbling and amazing to me…one who is so undeserving.

    Thank you for this powerful, important, timely, wise message, Michel! We can learn so much from nature if we are willing to slow down, observe, and really care for, and bout, all of our earth.

    We live in such selfish, self-focused times. 😦 We need more people who will live like Jesus lived. Sadly, most people today who claim to be Christians are not living like Jesus modeled. 😦

    (((HUGS))) and thank you, again, for this powerful message, Michel.

  16. Marion says:

    Bees are certainly industrious little creatures, and without them none of us can survive. It’s the magic of life, so well designed with everything have a part to play in the life cycle. ❤

  17. Rachel says:

    Good thoughts, Michael!
    We have had so much rain that the poor bees need to dive between the raindrops.
    It is time to harvest, but the farmers have to work around the rain.
    I am well.
    In friendship always,
    Rachel 🌹

    • When I observed the bees pictured above, Rachel, it was a sunny day bur at night a big rain happened. At this season the rainy days are much frequent than the sunny ones . ❤

  18. Susan Joos says:

    We seldom see a honey bee anymore. When I was growing up the lawns were full of clover and the hum of busy bees. What have we done?

    • The chemicals in the fields and gardens kill the insects and so the bees .I do not use chemicals, Susan, and I have three plant species that succeed each other over time : Symphoricarpo, Clover ( in the lawn ) and Aster. The bees enjoy them !! ❤

  19. Caro says:

    Triste vie. Bonne journée à vous deux je vous embrasse bien fort Carole

  20. Cheri N Herald says:

    I always enjoy your posts, Michel. Pesticides are decimating our bee populations in the US. I hope France’s bees are faring better.

  21. iampeacenow says:

    These are lovely photos and lovely words. Bees are so important to our whole ecosystem. The idea of giving of oneself for the betterment of all is something not often adhered to in our world today.
    Peace & love,

  22. calmkate says:

    great shots of those bees Michel and such profound words … if more of us lived like him!

  23. murisopsis says:

    The selfless bee is certainly storing up riches! If only we were all as willing to work toward the common good – this world would be a much better place! The analogy to the sacrifice of the Christ is so appropriate!

  24. kmaidy says:

    bonsoir Michel,
    de grandes travailleuses les abeilles tout comme les fourmis, que j’ai observées cet été .
    bises et bonne soirée à vous !

    • Mon terrain est trop argileux . je n’ ai pas beaucoup de fourmis. Mais tu as raison, leur comportement ressemble à celui des abeilles . ; Tu habites où en Alsace? Dans la plaine ou sur le versant des Vosges ? En tapant cela je crois me souvenir que ce n’ est pas loin
      d ‘Eguisheim !

  25. kmaidy says:

    toute la famille habite dans le haut-rhin, tout autour de Mulhouse !

  26. Yes, indeed..what a great comparison you have made.

  27. Sartenada says:

    You made a nice post. Thank you. Long time ago we had a small garden loved by bees. It was a great joy to see how they worked hard.

    Sincerely yours,

  28. neilc693 says:

    They say the hive-collapse malady is spreading, and in some places they have to bring bees in by truck to support agriculture now. Very disturbing , some of the trends.
    Honeybees are likable, but they also seem very anxious and frantic. Watching them isn’t always relaxing! Bumblebees seem more placid.

    • You are right Neil, for the pollinisation lots of hives with bees are imported from other countries , even from oversea. This makes the bees much frail and tends to the collapse of the hives. Bees are used as slaves for agriculture and not as honey producers; This is sad .
      On the Asters there was Bombus bee too and other hymenoptera but I focused on the bees to make simple ! Those Bombus are different species and are not the male bees as you know.

  29. Gayle Smith : Wow Michel! You are so right! I’ll never look at a bee the same! God bless you and Janine. ❤

    Annalì Sa Ta photo est très belle, Michel! Et ta description de la vie des abeilles nous donne à réfléchir. Merci!

  30. Julie says:

    We do not realize how important bees are to us as they help so much with flowers, fruit and vegetables. There true workers who work so hard for their Queen. It has gone much cooler now so winter is on its way now

  31. LGail says:

    It does make me think of the one that prepares the way for us.

  32. Singapore Girl aka Cath says:

    What a twist at the end! I’m glad I made time to read. It really touched my heart! ❤

  33. bernard25 says:

    Bonjour mon Ami MICHEL dommage que les abeilles sont en voix de disparition ou et notre belle nature

    S’il existe un sentiment
    Qui n’est pas toujours perçu a sa juste valeur
    C’est bien de s’être connu par les liens du net
    Sur WordPress
    Ce sentiment est sincère et profond
    Nos écris nous redonnent souvent de l’espoir quand la vie est difficile
    Quand tout est dans un climat de respect et d’honnêteté
    Voila donc pourquoi
    Jouir d’une personne comme toi
    Et un très beau cadeau et un immense privilège
    Que rien au monde ne serait remplacer
    Je te souhaite une belle et agréable journée ou soirée
    Amitiés de la Franche-Comté

  34. marica0701 says:

    Ah, I am slow to comment as usual. It is sad when life gets so busy!

    I really love your analogy to Christ with the bees! I would have never thought of that, but I am glad for your genius 🙂

    Take care! ❤

  35. You are too kind Marica; Thank you .

  36. wissh says:

    Somehow I missed this one.
    I’m happy when I see healthy honey bees doing what they do. Too many colonies of bees are being destroyed by pesticides.
    Do you know if their hives are near you, Michel?

  37. So beautiful the diligence of these bees, the way nature works. And the reward of honey.

  38. Barbara Lenhard says:

    Love the photo, Michel. The comparison is so true. Thank you for the reminder 💕💕

  39. kaiori says:

    J’aime beaucoup cette photo aussi. Les fleurs sont plus belles et heureux avec les abeilles.

  40. You’ve captured how busy and hardworking bees are – all for their hive and their queen.

  41. nhislop says:

    I like the analogy between the bees and Jesus. Not many creatures live only for others.

    I read recently that France has banned all the chemicals that kill bees. All countries need to do that! Bees are essential to the survival of the earth!

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