the female honey bee
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30823 Billgates6060 2011-07-15 00:54:49

And your Lord revealed to the bee saying: Make hives in the mountains and in the trees and in what they build: Then eat of all the fruits and walk in the ways of your Lord submissively. There comes forth from within it a beverage of many colours, in which there is healing for mankind; most surely there is a sign in this for a people who reflect. (16:68-69)

The Quran mentions that the female bee leaves its home to gather food. Now, a person might guess on that, saying, "The bee that you see flying around - it could be male, or it could be female.

But it also happens that it was not what most people believed at the time when the Quran was revealed. Can you tell the difference between a male and a female bee? Well, it takes a specialist to do that, but it has been discovered that the male bee never leaves his home to gather food.

However, in Shakespeare's play, Henry the Fourth, some of the characters discusses bees and mentions that the bees are soldiers and have a king. However, that is not true at all. The fact is that they are females, and they answer to a queen. Yet it took modern scientific investigations in the last 300 years to discover that this is the case.

Fon Frisch, who is a scientist, he got the Noble Prize in 1973, when he described the behavior of the animals, specially the communication method of the bee. And today we have come to know that when ever a worker bee finds a new flower or a new garden from where it can take nectar, it goes and tells its fellow bees, the exact direction and map of that new flower or garden by a way called as the bee dance. Only today by using high photographic method we have come to know about this communication. The gender used in the Holy Qur'an in these Verses is a female gender Quli, or Fasluki which means for a Female bee. Imagine! Qur'an speaks about the gender of the worker bee 1400 years ago, which we have discovered today.

In the field of Medicine, it is recently we have come to know that the honey we have is derived from the bee. It is the bee which is responsible for the honey - We did not know about this before. And today we know honey has got high nutritive values. It is rich in vitamin K and Fructose, and it has got mild antiseptic properties. Any person suffering from an allergy of a particular plant - if honey produced from that plant is given, that person starts developing resistance to that allergy.

The bactericide (bacteria-killing) property of honey is named "the inhibition effect". Experiments conducted on honey show that its bactericide properties increase twofold when diluted with water. It is very interesting to note that newly born bees in the colony are nourished with diluted honey by the bees responsible for their supervision - as if they know this feature of the honey.

When a flower has already been visited, the honeybee can understand that another bee has earlier consumed the nectar of that flower, and leave the flower immediately. This way, it saves both time and energy. Well, how does the bee understand, without checking the flower, that the nectar has earlier been consumed? This is made possible because the bees which visited the flower earlier marked it by leaving a drop on it with a special scent. Whenever a new bee looks in on the same flower, it smells the scent and understands that the flower is of no use and so goes on towards another flower. Thus, bees do not waste time on the same flower.

We should not forget that it is impossible for this fact to have been known about the honey bees in the time of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu 'alaihi wa sallam). Yet, Allah has pointed at this fact and shown us yet another miracle of the Qur'an.
899 Luckyk7 2011-07-15 01:14:46

58618 dkutprnt 2011-07-15 01:57:08

The oldest bee remains known to exist are
preserved in a small bit of amber. This bee is
believed to be over 80 million years old and is
kept at the American Museum of Natural History
in New York. The earliest record of honey bees
and people interacting is a rock painting found in
Spain…about 6000 to 8000 years old. Paintings
have also been found in other parts of the world,
especially southern Africa. The honeybee was the
symbol of Lower Egypt and papyri dated 256 BC
tell of a beekeeper with 5000 hives. Honey was
an ingredient in over 500 Egyptian medicines and
beeswax and propolis were important products
used in the embalming process.
The Greeks and Romans were keeping bees 3000
years ago. They called honey "nectar of the
Gods" and Greek athletes used honey as a
carbohydrate boost. According to the Roman,
Pliny, originator of the doctrine of signatures,
drinking a glass of honey and cider vinegar every
day cleans the system and promotes good
health. D.C. Jarvis, M.D. in his book Folk Medicine
re-popularized honey and apple cider vinegar in
more modern times.
Scrolls of the Orient, the Talmud, the Torah, the
Koran, the Bible, and the Book of Mormon all
mention the honeybee and the healing foods she
creates and keeps in her hive. Vishnu, Preserver
and Protector of the Hindu trinity of gods, is often
symbolized as a blue bee on a lotus flower.
Kama, the east Indian god of love, wields a bow
with a string of entwined chain of bees. In Greek
mythology, the nymph Melissa cared for the
infant Zeus while he was being hidden from his
father, king of the gods. She plundered beehives
for honey to feed the infant and he developed a
permanent sweet tooth. When her role in
protecting Zeus was discovered, she was turned
into an insect. Zeus took pity on her and turned
her into a honeybee so she could make honey for
eternity. Spring fertility rites often used the bee as
a symbol for festivities.
53506 pardip 2011-07-15 03:18:19

54627 Lulu 2011-07-15 03:24:23

58618 dkutprnt 2011-07-15 03:36:48


-The latest bee find, one preserved in amber
found in Myanmar (Burma), now dates bees to
an estimated 100 million years ago, during the
Cretaceous. This is the time of dinosaurs, and
makes bees even older than Australia. (These
were solitary, non-social bees.)
-Honey-storing social bees developed during the
Miocene, between 20-10 million years ago. These
bees made their nests in hollow trees, caves,
crevices, rocks and holes in the ground.
-Hives have been in existence since Palaeolithic
times, about 10,000 years (as depicted in early
rock paintings in a Spanish cave in Valencia, in
which a ladder was used to reach the nest and a
container was used to hold the honey combs).
-Ancient Egyptians used honey in religious rites,
for feeding the sacred animals, in many
ceremonials, and even for preserving corpses.
-Honey as been found in Egyptian tombs, dating
back 5,000 years. It was edible, although the
colour had changed significantly.
-In 3000 B.C., Egyptians kept written records of
beekeeping activities.
-Egyptian hives were transported down the Nile
on barges to access floral sources.
-The Rig-Veda, India’s oldest sacred book
(between 3,000-2,000 B.C.), contains many
references to both honey and bees. Here, honey
was also used in many rituals and ceremonies,
and in pharmacy.
-In Greece, during the “golden age” (600-140
B.C.), bees were studied for their own interest
rather than their exploitation. Aristotle’s Natural
History (344-342 B.C.) contains a variety of direct
observations on honey and bees. The Iliad and
the Odyssey make many references to honey.
-Ancient Romans wrote much about beekeeping
and honey production during the Roman
expansion (400 B.C. - A.D. 200).
-Roman law declared that bees were the property
of the man who placed them in hives, not the
person who owned the land.
-In the first Century A.D., honey was listed
among the main imports into China from the
West, and was highly prized, and used as a
-In the Middle East, the Arabs, with their Muslim
religion (founded by Muhammad the Prophet,
A.D. 571-632), built a vast empire which included
Northern Africa, Spain and eastwards beyond
what is now Iran. An Arab writer (Ibn Magih)
quotes Muhammad as saying, “Honey is a
remedy for every illness.

58618 dkutprnt 2011-07-15 03:38:52

-Early European manuscripts (the earliest dating
around A.D. 400) describe honey as used for
food, drink, medicinal, various preservative
purposes, and in magico-religious rites.
-Among many people throughout history, honey
has been highly valued and regarded as a
magico-religious substance.
-Among ancient civilizations, honey was
regarded more as a medicine rather than a food.
-Many cultures did not eat honey, but instead
used it to make an alcoholic drink, using the
fermentation of honey sugars.
-Until about the 1500, bees were killed in the
process of gathering honey from various
locations where they lived and made honey. After
that time, Europeans made many developments
in beekeeping techniques.
-By !850, honey was being produced by bees
and harvested by man, over almost the whole
world. At this time, the modern movable-frame
hive was invented, and its use became widely
-Honey bees were introduced to Australia in 1822.
-European bees were successfully introduced to
Tasmania in the 1831.
82144 Bindaas 2011-07-15 03:45:08

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58618 dkutprnt 2011-07-15 03:47:01


58618 dkutprnt 2011-07-15 05:03:29

The belief that worker bees are female existed at
least from a time dating back to Aristotle and
perhaps much before him.
Describing the various theories about the bees
prevalent in his time, Aristotle wrote: “Others,
again, assert that these insects copulate, and that
the drones are male and the bees
female.” [History of Animals, Book 5, Ch. 21]
Aristotle observed that the brood of drones
appears even when there is no ruler bee in the
hive. This is an accurate observation. As we
know today, unfertilized female workers can lay
eggs in the absence of a queen, but the eggs
develop into drones. Aristotle gave a fairly
accurate description of the bees with only few
mistakes like confusing the gender of the Queen
and calling it King.
Aristotle lived in 350 BC.
18762 Ghost_buster 2011-07-17 03:42:33

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