are you a bee, a wasp or a hoverfly?

@jb78000 (15178)
November 15, 2009 9:13am CST
one of the main differences between these three is how they relate to what they perceive as enemies. bees sting, but afterwards they die so they only do this in emergencies, usually when defending other bees. wasps sting more often because it doesn't kill them. hoverflies look like wasps but are completely stingless. so what about you, on real life or on mylot, are you more like a bee (only sting, i.e. hurt people when you think it is absolutely necessary and then feel bad about it. or a wasp (sting fairly frequently and don't feel too bad about it if you thought it was necessary). or a hoverfly (never sting)? of course you may also have encountered people who fit into category four - out of control hornets (sting all the time for no reason whatsoever)...
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@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Debrorah, in Hebrew, means the bee. It suits me well.
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@jb78000 (15178)
15 Nov 09
debra - a bee
bzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Yep, looks just like me!
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
15 Nov 09
That one has raised a laugh ladies.
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
15 Nov 09
I don't know I suppose I would be a wasp. I will bite back when necessary but, most generally don't make the first attack. Although, I have never heard of a hoverfly.
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@jb78000 (15178)
15 Nov 09
hi zeph - i am not sure if i am a bee or a wasp. but have a look in either politics or religion and you will see many out of control hornets buzzing around. apparently they have little better to do than practice their stinging techniques as often as possible.
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Zephyr....wasps are usually very aggressive and will sting without provocation. They 'attack' first. You do not seem that way when you describe yourself as bite back when necessary.
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@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
15 Nov 09
Well I can be a wasp when I have PMS...Other than that I just won't let people walk all over me, especially people I don't know...Maybe I'm more of a rattlesnake but, that wasn't one of the choices....darn rabbit...
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
16 Nov 09
Hello, Judith. I'm definitely a bee. I'll sing when the need arises, especially to defend my friends and loved ones. I can also do sarcastic stings, so I'm probably a cross between a bee and a wasp sometimes - does that make me a basp or a wee?
@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
hey sandra - you are the first bee/wasp cross who brought up the possible names such a being could have . actually i should have put a bet on that it would be you...
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• Spain
16 Nov 09
Crikey, The Rabbit's getting to know me too well!
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@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
• United States
15 Nov 09
I think that I am more of a bee. I only sting when provoked, and usually it is defense of somebody else, although I do not have a problem standing up for myself, either. I do not like hurting other people, though, so sometimes I feel badly afterwards. On the other hand, if you push me too far, then I can definitely be a wasp, especially when you seriously mess with my family - it's the mama bear protecting her cubs mode, I think. Perhaps I am one of those Africanized Honey Bees - more aggressive than a regular bee but not as aggressive as a wasp.
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@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
you are a superbee then?
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• United States
16 Nov 09
Yeah, I like that! Superbee to the rescue!
• United States
19 Nov 09
Is a Hoverfly what some people call "Sweat Bees"? I saw the picture on the first page, and that is what it looks like to me. They are really tiny, and they may not sting but they can pack a pretty hurtful bite for the size of them.
@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
16 Nov 09
I can range between the wasp and hoverfly. Normally, I'd go with the hoverfly attitude but if repeatedly being crossed, I'll hang on to the wasp for a little while, and get back to my hoverfly self.. . This is such a good discussion; I do know of some people in my lifetime with the out of control hornets, LOL...
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@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
thanks zed. i've met a few rabid hornets - one of my grandmother's was one. sadly i think everybody does encounter them and their stinging.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
19 Nov 09
Welcome, Judith.. and thanks for explaining that one to me. Seems like a stinger pretty much..
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• United States
16 Nov 09
Hi JB, I guess I'm more like a hoverfly in that I tend to not provoke or sting needlessly (which is good since I am stingless as a hoverfly) but as Wiki describes them, they are "natural enemies of pests",(perhaps another symbolic way of naming offensive individuals), the hoverfly eats the aphids. But I think I would have to defend myself, I guess I would cast off my hoverfly disguise and become a wasp as that if I am that riled up to defend myself I would require multiple stinging capabilities and would not feel bad after...well, maybe a bit. I like the idea of a more insidious stinging or biting type, maybe the Black Widow Spider or the Brown recluse spider (that's probably more me, than the Black Widow) but that the person may not actually feel the sting or bite until it gets infected and red. Somewhat like reacting to someone so that person doesn't know what hit them. But only if provoked, otherwise I buzz along sipping my sweet nector or hide in dark corners in households.
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@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
so you are really a wasp in hoverfly's clothing? generally peaceful but can sting when absolutely necessary is a good approach
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
15 Nov 09
I think I am a bee I do not like to hurt anyone. I will though if it is absolutely necessary though defend myself and family members and my friends.
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@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
that is nice, i hardly ever get angry but when i do there is a reason for it and i've been known to lose my temper when somebody has been unfair or nasty to friends, family or myself. sometimes also when someone has done this to somebody i don't know.
@Hatley (159502)
• Garden Grove, California
15 Nov 09
hi jb blue bunny you. I hate to say this because I do not like flies of any kind.but I am like the hover fly. I do not sting anyone I am not a fighter but a peacemaker.Fights or confrontations are not for me. I dislike fighting and hate to have to confront someone, but if necessary I will fight for my son or my own honor. I will not go out of my way to confront someone at all.
@jb78000 (15178)
15 Nov 09
i prefer to avoid fighting too but will if necessary. i think you are more of a bee than a hoverfly btw. bees are nice, usually.
@tdemex (3547)
• United States
15 Nov 09
None of the above. I just go around calling em as I see em! It's up to the person I'm commenting with as to how they take it! I'd need to take a poll (against the rules) as far as how others see me! You know me where do I fit in? LOL! The revised tdemex
@jb78000 (15178)
15 Nov 09
hiya revised tdemex. this inspired me to go and look at your photos which are good shots but two things puzzle me. why have you got a picture of a hamburger in there and why does your moustache change colour? anyway i have seen that you do not beat around the bush - which is good . except when you are criticising certain of my high quality discussions
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
15 Nov 09
If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen!
@jb78000 (15178)
15 Nov 09
after you answer my penetrating questions - why the hamburger? why the changable moustache?
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@dawnald (84156)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Nov 09
Somewhere between a bee and a hoverfly. It takes a lot to send me on the attack, but I can't say I NEVER sting. Cus that would be a fib. :-)
@jb78000 (15178)
17 Nov 09
hmmmn [starts to reconsider cunning plans to werey dawn]
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@dawnald (84156)
• Shingle Springs, California
17 Nov 09
Ooh, how cunning?
@jb78000 (15178)
17 Nov 09
not very.
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@celticeagle (114486)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Nov 09
I guess it depends on the circumstances. If I am trying to get a point across I will sting frequently. If I feel that an injustice has been perpetrated I will string once with vigger. And if I feel some little pip squeek is becoming too irritating or is way too smart for his/her britches I will be a hover fly and bug them until they scream " I give already!"
@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
squeeeeeeeeeek! i bug people too. often by accident.
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@celticeagle (114486)
• Boise, Idaho
17 Nov 09
And, often because you enjoy it!
• Australia
15 Nov 09
I can't say I like any of the alternatives - maybe a bit of each? I am not a hornet and I am not a hoverfly, although I suppose hoverfly might fit the nuisance category, and I might be called a nuisance at times. My aim is never to sting, but sometimes it is necessary. As a counsellor, I have needed to "sting" someone for her own good, but it has never been a straight-out sting. It has been sugar-coated and done with a purpose: the person's well-being. I don't feel badly about it afterwards, especially not when it has worked. I will "sting" (truth can hurt) on occasion. Sometimes it will be to defend myself, my loved ones, or my beliefs - but hopefully it will not be a sting in anger or with feelings of revenge or ill will. An interesting concept, but I think I'll just continue being me.
@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
hi cloudwatcher - exactly when have you been a nuisance? are you sure about that one? i agree that you are definitely not a hornet - so a wasp/bee cross. or more likely as you said just a cloudwatcher
• Australia
16 Nov 09
I have been called a nuisance because I'm too much of a perfectionist - but only regards me: I don't impose my standards on others.
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
15 Nov 09
i think i am hoverfly...don't like hitting anyone. discounting the fact that sometimes the truth itself can be hard hitting (unintentionally). btw - you could have also included mosquito....(buzzing near the ear and drawing blood)
@jb78000 (15178)
15 Nov 09
good and peaceful. but why do you want mosquitoes included as an option?
@sunny68 (1327)
• India
16 Nov 09
thanks....and about mosquitos...the buzzing around the ear is quite irritating and also you realize late that they have drawn blood...moreover despite all equipments to destroy them...their breed somehow survives....
@guizoo (74)
• China
16 Nov 09
So sorry to say that I have no idea to understand things about enemies in my everyday life.Perhaps I have expericed so little in society. I keen to meet someone to teach me something about social life.
@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
well it isn't a good thing to have enemies so i think you should be pleased.
@getbrowser (1715)
• China
16 Nov 09
hoverfly - Compared with bees and wasps, hoverflies is good because it never tries to hurh others.
If I have to make a choice, I prefer to be a hoverfly. On myLot, I won't hurt people even if I think it is absolutely necessary. Of course, in my eyes, the best role are wasps for they often hurt others here and don't feel too bad about it. Compared with them, a hoverfly is good because it never tries to hurt others. You see, myLot has helped us build a friendly family and it is not harmonious if we hurt each other. Even if we think it is necessry completely to hurt others, it is unfriendly to do it.
@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
hi getbrowser - that is very nice of you and i am sure that means you contribute very positively to mylot.
@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
16 Nov 09
Since I try never to sting, I must be a butterfly :)) Really, though, I never sting unless I feel it is absolutely necessary. Karen
@jb78000 (15178)
16 Nov 09
hello peaceful butterfly. i have never seen you sting on here anyway (i have seen good natured sarcasm from you but that is completely different) so i think you are right that you are a butterfly who very occasionally transforms into a bee.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
15 Nov 09
I've never thought of myself in relation to bugs before, rabbit, but I guess I'm more like a bee than a wasp...in real life and on mylot. I don't like to hurt anyone and I don't believe that I ever intentionally have here. I've irritated and frustrated my fair share but that's about it. In real life I stand up for and protect myself and the people I care about even if that means doing something I will feel bad about later.
@jb78000 (15178)
15 Nov 09
well i could have chosen worse beasties. . think there are a lot of bees buzzing around so far