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30 / Sep / 2009
Workaholics Anonymous
Worker Bee, Coorg Photograph: Amoghavarsha Story: Rajesh Ramaswamy

Workaholics Anonymous

All work and no play makes Jill a good bee. And a ‘live’ bee. For it’s not unknown for the hive bosses, to knock off Worker Bees suspected to be sleeping on the job. No sir… it just won’t do. There’s a lot of work to be done. Hives to be built, honey to be produced, Drones to be fed… and all this can’t begin unless our indefatigable workers do their job of collecting pollen and nectar. So now we know where the term, ‘hard work never killed anybody’ perhaps originated. Come to think of it, the mind boggles at the thought of a Worker Bee with a pollen allergy. We humans can take a day off and return, nebulizer in tow, but our worker runs the risk of becoming an ex-bee, and the inscription on her tombstone might well read ‘pollen to pollen, dust to dust’. These workaholics, however, don’t just toil for the queen bee, but for mankind as well. Consider how most of our crops and food grains get pollinated only because of these industrious girls, and you’ll realize that we owe our very survival to them. In fact the picture above is critical for the survival of Coorg itself. We see the bee collecting pollen from a coffee blossom, ready to deposit it at the hive. What we don’t see is how critical this activity is to coffee production, and how, without it, we won’t wake up to our favourite Coorg cuppa. All considered, we can be excused for joining in the chorus ‘Workers of the world unite; you’ve nothing to lose but your pollen’.

We at Orange County have loved sharing this story with you, and shall bring you one every fortnight, as part of our Responsible Tourism Initiatives to raise awareness about the nature and culture of the environments we operate in.

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  1. amogh says:

    Thanks guys for all the comments 🙂

  2. S. Devanand says:

    Wow! A pic that captures the very essence of Coorg itself! Very interesting article…”…….Worker Bee with a pollen allergy. We humans can take a day off and return, nebulizer in tow, but our worker runs the risk of becoming an ex-bee, and the inscription on her tombstone might well read ‘pollen to pollen, dust to dust’.”


  3. priyanka says:

    clear nd a gr8 shot nd the writting r jst superb nd relate very well wid d pic

  4. Asha says:

    What an incredible shot! The write – up just blends in to the pic. Loved it!

  5. K.S.Shetty says:

    Each one of Lifescape features has been a gem,each beating the other!I am saving all of them in my file.Write-ups,particularly are excellent.Please keep up the good work.

  6. Anu Krishna says:

    Excellent photograph and write up to go with it!! Makes us rethink on the word “workaholic” that we use for the human species…What do we have to say about these worker bees?

  7. shivu.k says:

    Very good attempt sir. technically picture quality is too good. wel composed shot…keep it up…..

  8. Ranjitha says:

    Fantastic picture, Amogh 🙂

  9. Muffadal Hakim says:

    The write-up is fantastic. Keep it up!

  10. amruta says:

    That is a fantastic picture!! great work by Amoghavarsha. Checked out his website fantabulous!

  11. says:

    as i used to tell my children, the bee and the buffaloe has equal rights to live in this world.

    Good photograph

    keep it up

  12. Ramakrishnan M R says:

    Wonderful snap! And a neat write up! Please keep the posts on – its enriching.

  13. Surya says:

    Brilliant photograph by Amoghavarsha and your copy writer has his way with words. Superb!

  14. Diwakaran Nair says:

    Such a beautiful image. And wonderful article too. I now look forward to wednesdays. In evenings I sit with my children and we all read this together. Pls keep it up
    One questio: why is the bee refered to as ‘she’? Don’t the male bees work? Or is it just for the sake of the story?

    • Vikram Nanjappa - Chief Naturalist Orange County Kabini says:

      Dear Mr. Diwakaran Nair,
      Worker Bees are always female, actually they are females that lack full reproductive capacity .There is normally only one adult, mated female in a hive called the Queen. These Queens are developed from larvae selected by worker bees and specially fed on large quantities of ‘Royal Jelly’ in order to become sexually mature. Male bees are called Drones. The Drones’ main function is to be ready to fertilize a receptive Queen. They are sting-less and do not exhibit typical worker bee behavior such as nectar and pollen gathering, nursing, or hive construction.

      I hope I have not confused the matter as this is a very complex subject. Suffice to say that in a colony of bees the males do the breeding and the females do all the other work. Utopia ? 🙂

      Warm Regards,

      Vikram Nanjappa

      • Diwakaran Nair says:

        Thanx for the ‘enlightenment’ about what the term ‘birds and bees’ actually means. I now have the duty to sit with the kids in the evening and explain. Hope i do as good job as you:-)

        • Jose Ramapuram, Director - Marketing, Orange County Resorts says:

          I am sure this is one explanation to your children that is going to challenge your parenting skills :). Wishing you all success Mr. Nair 🙂

  15. Minnie says:



      lot of positives has to learn’t from bees thanks for the wonderful picture,


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