A winter bee?


Nearly a case of mistaken identity. I’m glad that got sorted out.

It goes without saying that beekeepers are a weird lot. Still, it’s amazing to what lengths a human being will go to imitate the glorious honey bee. Right. So this morning I received these photos from Ivan in Wisconsin. Ivan has been hanging around Honey Bee Suite long enough for me to recognize both his real name and screen name. In fact, I really felt like I knew him until these came in. I’ll let him explain:

This is what can happen when a person enjoys bees and cross-country skiing. This costume was purchased by my beloved wife as a Christmas gift; she and the kids have a hard time spotting their husband/dad at the end of the race amongst the see of humanity. This race is a 54 km race between Cable and Hayward, Wisconsin. I was mistaken for a bumble bee several times but, all in all, I was referred to as a “bee.” Needless to say it was a blast, but due to the wind resistance factor, I think I’ll just wear the usual attire next year.


Ivan making a beeline for the finish line.

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  • What’s with the “usual attire next year “? I was thinking more along the lines of refining the image with battery operated wings to counter the wind resistance, a few more legs, a MATCHING hat with antennae and … a stinger!
    Ivan was just a few short hours north of me … should I be afraid??????

  • Two problems with joining Ivan: I’m a snowshoer, not a cross country skier and, a second bee would defeat the original purpose of being able to find DAD in a crowd. It could also encourage a whole hive showing up so Ivan’s wife and kids would be back to square one. I do hope he continues wearing his bee suit if only to keep creativity alive and well! I’m sure he’s already aware of the fact his family is AWESOME!

  • Rusty, Great story. This costume is more gold than yellow, but it reminded me of a gripe. There’s a Facebook page that posts bee images from all over the world (Ljubitelji Meda, from Serbia). Some are truly gorgeous: open-air combs in trees, traditional hives of all designs, tiny fearless children holding frames of bees…
    But there are also many of people and their pets in bee costume – everything from toddlers’ onesies to (urk!) thong bikinis – and also cartoons, and they inevitably show the bees as black and BRIGHT yellow. Honey bees are golden, not yellow!
    I don’t think my annoyance is petty, or technical, either: I think this use of color might be a major reason people confuse yellowjackets with bees. What do you and your readers think?
    Shady Grove Farm
    Corinth, KY