Ants are related to the wasps and are all females born from one queen ant in the nest or ant hill.
When it is time to make new the queen produces ants that have wings like the termites. These will fly off from the nest to
mate to make new queens. These queens spend the rest of their lives producing the larva who will be the community of the mound
from workers to soldiers, like the bee hive. Ants work kind of like the example of a single mind. The workers and soldiers
bring the queen food and information, in turn she will produce the next larva who will grow up having adjustments or resolutions
to some of this information. The workers will then bring the larva to nurseries and feed them until they join the rest of
the community to play out their roles. Ants go by sent trails and are sensitive to different waves as their antennae pick
up and are a form of their communication. Some other insects copy these sents or sounds to attract or fool them. Ant best
represents teamwork, patience and planing ahead.
The bee hive has much the same system as the ant, with a queen who produces mostly females. The
males are considered drones who don't do much of anything at all. The honey combs are filled with honey produced from pollens
the bees gather from various flowers on their legs, which can also represent fertility. The queen then lays larvae into the
honey combs and they will eat the honey until they are mature enough to break out of the comb. More queens are made by making
a comb extra long from all the others. If more than one queen is made this way the first one to hatch out will go to the other
mounds and kill the other queens inside. Bees like many other insects can see in ultra-violet rays and don't see through the
spectrum of their eye lenses in many facets like a diamond cut but in a whole picture that encompasses a much broader range
of vision than humans have. In some respect they can see the world around them in a far better clarity of reality than humans
Honey has often been referred to as the nectar of the gods and has a golden color like amber and a fiery taste. The combs
they come from are made out of wax in hexads. The wax has been used for various reasons, including the making of candles.
Among healing and health qualities of honey and the wax, the sting of the bee is being used in alternative therapy for inflammatory
and degenerative diseases like arthritis.
Among the Egyptians the dung beetle represented re-incarnation by the way it rolls up the dung
of such as elephants into a ball to place their larva. The beetle will then emerge from the ball. Beatles are also incredibly
strong and durable, most of them rising out in seasons from burrows eaten through dead wood or underground, coming out in
times such as spring and rains, such as the June bug.
The butterfly begins as a caterpillar who does nothing his whole life but eat. When the time
comes they then begin to cocoon themselves with a fine silk they produce from their mouths. Within the cocoon they make the
transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. The butterfly gathers his strength from struggeling with the cocoon to emerge
and blossom out its wings to dry. Once ready to fly the butterflies spend their time mating and nourishing themselves on flower
nectars with their long, coiling mouths they use like straws. The butterfly flies rather pecariously but it is more durable
than it looks. It opens and closes its wings which can be repesentitive of how things can seem to disapear and then reveal
Crickets and Grasshoppers
Crickets are an earthy brown with heads that are fairly round and almost
roach like. They come out to sing at night among the choruses heard of frogs and other insects. Grasshoppers are vivarent
colors such as lively greens. They have long wings and much narrower, more distincutal faces and can be found more in the
day time among tall grasses. Some are actually safe and nutritional for humans to eat but mostly their songs inspire the good
spirit of things. Despite the common belief that they use thier legs to "fiddle", they're using their wings to create the
vibrations. In some Asian cultures it is considered good luck and healthy home to have a cricket or grasshopper inside the
house. In Australia there is a sertain grasshopper that will emerge and sing just before the rains come. They also commonly
emerge as among the first insects, like the galanipper, when spring is not very far away. These insects also teach about the
ecology of abundance. In times of starvation some species mate more and more until there are swarms of them, often known as
The larva of a dragonfly is known as a nymph the first half of its life. The nymph lives
in the water preying upon other insects such as mosquito larvae. When it is time it will crawl up a plant stem to dry out.
Then from the husk the dragonfly emerges, leaving its shell behind like the cicada does.
Imagination, transformations, awakenings.
A beatle. Four. Good work. Red and Black. Circle and shields. Lady Bugs were dedicated to the
Virgin Mary. Lady bugs, like the mantis are highly valued to gardeners and farmers because they eat peskier, plant eating
bugs like aphids and are a focul point of much inspiration and are believed to be messengers of good fortune and harmony.
In my own first encounter with LadyBug as a totem I had a dream of two aunts I didn't know. They said they were my aunts
though from my Cherokee side before I was born and handed me a medicine shield. She told me that this was the family medicine
shield and that she wanted me to take care of it now. When I accepted it and looked at it, it was a mandella of a lady bug.
I decided to bring this into my waking life by searching until I found me a mandella that looked like LadyBug too.
Eight. Creativity, weaving, center, balance. Universal connection. Opus. She holds secrets to
the univers, creation and fundamental building blocks. Such as how ones foundation shouldn't be built upon like the Ifel tower,
because this is only like a house of cards, but if ones foundation is like the strands of the web they can breath with the
winds and sit in the center to touch all things.