Bees That Drink Human Tears


40 Responses to “Bees That Drink Human Tears”

  1. Anonymous says:

    this really hasn’t been mentioned?

  2. Xenu teh WunderKat says:

    I know the story was not about genus Apis, but I think “man” comes from Manu, a regular in some Hindu myths, and it seemed to just mean, “you know, someone like you and me,” and I would like very much to read a short story about a hive of Apis lachrymanu, and the orphan child living in the forest who is starving, is weeping over her lost parents, and feeding the bees, and she eats their honey, and is transformed . . . into . . . I don’t know, I want to find out.

    Someone write it please? “The Child Who Cried Bee?”

    • Sporadic Opinion says:

      That’s a GREAT idea for a modern fable. If you don’t write it before I have the time, I’d love to.

      just genius.

  3. Darren Garrison says:

    A photo:

    Not necessarily a REAL photo, but it’s a photo.

  4. Avram / Moderator says:

    First the hummingbird feeder helmet, now this. I wouldn’t have expected animals-feeding-from-human-eyes to be viable as a theme.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If I was having a crappy day and I start bawling, does that mean I would get swarmed by them?

  6. Chris Tucker says:

    I’ll see your tear drinking bees and raise you the BAT EATING TITS OF HUNGARY!

  7. Jesse says:

    This was published in JoKES? But…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Not really surprising… if you work outside you notice bees and flies often drink your sweat.

  9. Anonymous says:

    “imbibed tears for 0.5-2.5 min, often singly but occasionally in congregations of 5-7 specimens per eye.”


  10. apoxia says:

    Strange, I wonder how they carried out that experiment.

    It annoys me that people still used “man” to refer to humans, both women and men.

  11. Snig says:

    In the US, the sweat bees are fairly common.

    If a bee demands something from you, sweat and tears is the easy way to go, vs. toil or blood.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Take a good look at my face
    You know my smile looks out of place
    If you look closer it’s easy to trace
    The tracks of the bees

  13. Junglemonkey says:

    I originally read “lachrymation” as “lachryNation,” which now just sounds like the Secret Kingdom of the Emo Kids.

  14. Felton says:

    You can tell that I’m sad because of the bees in my eyes.

  15. Ceronomus says:

    @Apoxia – Perhaps because it is proper usage of the word? It isn’t as if it is being used in the sense of slang.

    As for the bees? I think that is something more out of a John Saul novel…wasn’t it “the Homing?”

    • apoxia says:

      I believe using “man” is outdated, whether or not it is technically correct usage. I remember a study in my first year psyc text book (I don’t have it on me and can’t find the reference after a quick google search), that showed that young people given the assignment to make a collage for a book entitled something along the line of “the world of man” used a higher percentage of male figures in the collage then those asked to make a collage for the title “the world of people”. The authors interpreted this as meaning that “man” was taken to mean masculine, and thus altered their interpretation. Thus, I don’t like the usage.

  16. toolbag says:

    I love this planet.

  17. Osprey101 says:

    Sure, but they don’t beat the vampire moths (genus Calyptra).

  18. Anonymous says:


  19. Anonymous says:

    It sounds like a song by Marc Almond…

    I have these irrational fears
    Like Bees That Drink Human Tears
    And rabbits with overgrown ears
    Yes I think I’ve had too many beers

  20. Anonymous says:


    Doesn’t it annoy you that the word human contains the word man?

    Hupeople we all are is.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Gypsy, lend me your tears.

  22. Anonymous says:

    “So sad, I let the bees drink my tears. ”
    Man that is depression to new low. To not care that a bee is flying into your face.

  23. Brainspore says:

    “Bees drank my tears” sounds like some kind of punk rock follow-up to “Weasels ripped my flesh.”

  24. Anonymous says:

    Bees feed on pollen? Are you mad?

  25. stegodon says:

    Well, at least they aren’t tit eating bats.

  26. Bitgod says:

    The author wasn’t Scott Tenorman was it? I hear his tears are quite delicious.

  27. Dave Bullock (eecue) says:

    I for one would love some delicious sad honey.

  28. Bade says:

    We need Levi Stubbs on the double!

  29. tellner says:

    Reminds me of something from a few years ago in the New Scientist, a moth that drinks tears from sleeping birds –

    and a poem that was written about it –

    The Madagascar moth drinks sleepers’ tears.
    Each insect, merciless, to dreamers brings
    the dust of midnight sadness, midnight fears.

    They’re silent; even waking, you’d not hear
    these famished sleep-intruders hovering.
    The Madagascar moth drinks sleepers’ tears.

    But in your dreams, you’ll feel them circling near,
    surrounding you with spectral flutterings
    and dust of midnight sadness, midnight fears.

    The nightingale’s aghast when they appear,
    and tries to warn the sleepers. Hear, he sings:
    “The Madagascar moth drinks sleepers’ tears!”

    Into your dreams it falls, and falls for years,
    the poisoned dust from Madagascan wings—
    the dust of midnight sadness, midnight fears.

    Tomorrow night perhaps they’ll reappear
    but now they’re gorged on sorrow, staggering.
    The Madagascar moth drinks sleepers’ tears
    and feeds them midnight sadness, midnight fears.

  30. lazybuttons says:

    @10 Thanks for making my day

  31. eustace says:

    As I scanned the thread, the threat of a gender rant nearly scared me away. The poem is ample reward for reading on. “Into your dreams it falls, and falls for years…”

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