2021: An Entomological Metaphor by Matthew Peluso

Melipona beecheii, Melipona yucatanica
A.k.a. xunan kab, “The regal lady bee”
Stingless, honey-making bees
They cannot hurt other species
Living off nectar, not hunting of other insects
Eusocial in nature
They live together in multi-generational colonies
And care even for the offspring of others
Worshipped by the Mayans for centuries
As a closer step to God
Spiritual link to Ah Muzen Cab
Mayan god of bees and honey
Path to a higher level of Being
They are currently endangered with extinction
From invasive killer bees and environmental destruction

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