Two bees, or not two bees? That is not the question.

May 14, 2007 at 8:14 am | Posted in Bees, Nature | Leave a comment

Bumble bee walks away from 50p piece

“If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”


Some people attribute this to Albert Einstein, but that’s an urban legend, so I read.

“If humans disappeared off the surface of the globe thenflying bee life would flourish.”


Who said that? (No it wasn’t a bee.)

Recently, I heard that reply on the radio. We studied two bumble bees last week: one on a wall, and the other calmly walking around the red berries on a shrub. Since then, my question “Who said that?” has been buzzing round my mind along with its companion question: “Why do I care who said it?!”

Funny how a quote becomes more memorable and more powerful when attributed to someone famous, isn’t it?

Yes, I am still waiting for Svante Arrhenius, whom I have heard described as “the Swedish father of climate change science” to become a household name … 😉

That reflection on our dependence on bees is on Leonardo DiCaprio’s EcoSite where it is, at my time of writing, the guest quote.


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