Denver, CO—Fuming to herself, worker bee Elvira sighs in disgust after a pretentious jerk decided to cut in front of her and drink all the nectar.
Elvira had been running late that morning and was one of the last to get out of the hive. She buzzed around hoping to find a nearby flower that wasn’t already taken. She eventually spotted one, but seconds before she landed, another worker bolted past her and took up resident on the flower.
“What an insolent thing to do!” Elvira complained to a reporter for the Post. “I was very clearly headed for this one. And it’s not like we were coming from different directions. She went past me!”
The worker bee in front of her, who she was pretty sure is named Bianca, quickly extracted all the nectar, gave a hearty burp, and headed back to the hive. Elvira huffed at the display.
“Ugh, now I’m going to have to find something else. I might not even find any more nectar around here, and I’ll be stuck with pollen duty. I HATE pollen duty.”
Elvira took up flight and headed in the same direction she had before. After a few minutes of finding nothing that hadn’t already been sucked dry, she resigned herself to collect pollen instead.
“It’s the worst stuff,” Elvira said. “Nectar you just drink it up and be on your way, but pollen you have to basically roll in, then you get all itchy, then half of it falls off while you’re flying back, and it makes you sneeze. I usually let the younger bees do it, to be honest.”
After finding a flower with enough pollen and collecting as much as she could, Elvira returned to the hive. After depositing her collection, she spotted Bianca, who was about to leave for another round.
“Hey! Hey, you!” she shouted. “Hey, that was a pretty sour thing you did, cutting in front of me at that flower. I ought to report you!”
Bianca seemed unfazed. “Fine, report me,” she goaded. “Or maybe you should just learn to get out of the hive on time, sleepyhead.”
Bianca laughed and flew away, leaving Elvira stewing in her own anger and shame.
“Grr, that woman,” Elvira fumed. “But sadly, I guess I have to admit she’s right. But I am going to report her if she does it again. That is just not the type of behavior I expect from my 15,000 siblings.”