Insects : Neo-humans?
I was working on an assignment on Taxonomy today when this idea struck me! Since most insects show a much more sophisticated and well regulated social structure than us, is it possible that they follow some human customs too? Say for instance, do they name their kids? Do they have a democracy? Do they have social gatherings? These questions kept my thoughts busy and here i am with my new post.
I think the society of the honey bees is a communist one! I have my reasons for it. There is one queen bee who has the reigns with her, but treats all her subjects equally without discrimination. All the workers and drones are happy to work for the queen and are satisfied with whatever little they get in lieu of their labour. The signs of an ideal communist nation. Plus every drone has the equal right to bed the queen which is unthinkable of in any state but a socialist one.
Do bees vote for the queen? No! It is like Monarchy. The queen bee decides who her heir apparent would be. She is nurtured well and taken care off by the workers. This complicates my earlier hypothesis of a communist society. I came up with a brilliant solution. Communism leads to autocracy. We all know about Russia, China and Bengal. So i need not shed more light. DO i?
The most intriguing question and interesting too, that perturbed me was whether these bees showed human traits like naming the offspring, engaging in social gatherings et cetra. I let my imagination run wild and tried to visualise a queen bee mating with a drone and shouting in ecstasy or a doctor bee telling the queen “push queen push” (i must say this was a bit far fetched because bees lay eggs) or did bees have homosexual males? Do bees go to schools? How do they identify each other? Questions were many, answers few.
I have decided to read more on the topic and when i get some answers i will definitely share them with you.