Welcome to the Punpedia entry on bee puns! 🐝 This entry is a work-in-progress, but currently has a reasonable number of puns based on bees and bee-related words (honey, pollen, buzz, hive, etc.). You won’t find any wasp puns in this entry – wasps deserve their own entry and will get one soon 🙂
Bee Puns List
Each item in this list describes a pun, or a set of puns which can be made by applying a rule. If you know of any puns about bees that we’re missing, please let us know in the comments at the end of this page! Without further ado, here’s the list of bee puns:
- Bee: There are a few phrases/idioms which include the word “bee” and so could be used as bee puns in the right context: “Bee in your bonnet” and “As busy as a bee” and “Busy bee” and “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” and “The bee’s knees” and “None of your bee’s wax” and “Queen bee” and “Put the bee on (someone)” and “The birds and they bees“
- Be → Bee: As in “If truth bee told” and “Not all it’s cracked up to bee” and “A force to bee reckoned with” and “Well I’ll bee!” and “Appearances can bee deceiving.”
- Honey: “Honey, I’m home!” and “The land of milk and honey” and “Honey-mouthed (smooth, persuasive, seductive)” and “Honey trap” and “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”
- Buzz: “Buzz word” and “Catch a buzz (i.e. become tipsy)” and “Buzz off” and “Get a buzz out of something” and “Give someone a buzz (i.e. call them)”
- Bus → Buzz: As in “I catch the buzz to school most days.”
- Bizarre → Buzzare
- Hive: “Hive-mind” and “A hive of activity” and “Hive off”
- Have → Hive: As in “As luck would hive it” and “Do I hive to paint you a picture?” and “Don’t hive a clue” and “Hive a bite to eat” and “Hive a crack at (something)” and “Hive a laugh” and “Hive a looksee” and “Hive a nice day” and “Hive a mind to …” and “Hive in your sights” and “Hive it both ways” and “Hive no truck with” and “Hive your head examined” and “Hive your fingers in the till” and “Hive the world at your fingertips” and “Hive the final say” and “Hive it your way” and “I hive a dream” and “I hive it on good authority” and “If I tell you I will hive to kill you” and “A must hive” and “We hive lift off” and “Hive seen better days” and “You hive to be in it to win it” and “You could hive heard a pin drop”
- I’ve → Hive: As in “Hive had enough of your terrible puns.”
- Queen: As in “Beauty queen” and “Drag queen” and “Queen bee” and “Drama queen” and “Ice queen“
- Behave → Beehive: As in “Be on your best beehive-iour.” and “Oh, beehive!”
- Beeswax: “None of your beeswax.”
- Be* → Bee*: If a word starts with “be” then it’s an easy (and terrible :P) bee pun: beech (beach), bee-bee-c (BBC), beecon (beacon), beeker (beaker), beecame (became), beest, beeds, beever, beeting, beetle, beegan (began), beetween, beeside, beelow, beeing (being).
- *be* → *bee*: If a word contains the “be” sound (or similar) then there’s the potential for a silly bee pun: adobee (adobe), am-bee-ent (ambient), amphi-bee-ans, amphi-bee-ous, babeesitter, chubbee, claustropho-bee-a, diso-bee-dience, Elizabeethan, freebee, furbee, dubeeous (dubious), disobeedient, homophobeea, heartbeet, lesbeean, microbeeal, memora-bee-lia, mozambeeque, obeedience, obeesity, phobeea, serbeea, rugbee, unbeetable, suburbeea, zombee.
- Pullin’ → Pollen: As in “You’re pollen my leg” and “Pollen power” and “Like pollen teeth”
- Pull in → Pollen: As in “Pollen to the driveway on your left” and “Pollen the reins”
- Pauline → Pollen
- Darling, be → Honey, bee: As in “Honey, bee careful with that bag, it’s got a hole in the bottom.”
- Bumble: To “bumble” is to move, act or talk in an awkward or confused manner. It’s of course related to bees via bumblebees.
- Fly: In some context the word “fly” (the verb) may be a potential bee pun. Here are some idioms/phrases to help you out in cases like that: “I’ve got to fly” and “Fly off the handle” and “Fly into a rage” and “Fly in the face of danger” and “Fly the flag” and “Fly low” and “Fly by the seat of one’s pants” and “Sparks fly” and “On the fly“
- Drone: This term can refer to monotonous speech (e.g. “The speaker droned on and on.”), a low humming sound, an aerial vehicle that is remotely controlled and/or self-controlled. It also refers to a male bee within a colony that does no work but can fertilise the queen.
- Large number of → Swarm of: Whenever referring to a large group of things, especially if they are moving in some sense, you might refer to them as a “swarm”.
- Swam → Swarm
- It’s warm → Swarm: As in “Swarm today, isn’t it?”
- It hurts → It stings: When describing pain, say it “stings” as a sneaky little bee pun.
- Might → Mite: Bee populations worldwide are suffering due to a mite called varroa destructor. This mite problem may be well known enough to allow for some “mite” puns.
- Community/District → Colony: Replace words like “community”, “settlement” and “district” with “colony” – a term closely associated with bees.
- Culture → Apiculture: As in “It doesn’t reflect the apicultural values of our company.” and “I felt a bit of apiculture shock a couple of weeks after moving.”
- Wing: “Taken under the wing of (someone)” and “Left/right wing” and “Waiting in the wings” and “Clip (someone’s) wings” and “Spread (one’s) wings“
- Flight: As in “Take flight” and “In full flight” and “Flight of stairs”
- Annoy → Bug: As in “Stop bugging me” and “Sorry to bug you, but …”
- Intersectional → Insectional: As in “Insectional social justice organisation”
There are many more bee puns to be made! Here’s a list of bee-related concepts to help you come up with your own. If you come up with a new pun, please share it in the comments!
honey, insect, fly, flight, buzz, pollination, pollen, hive, queen, queen bee, beehive, beeswax, pollinator, beekeeper, honey bee, bumblebee, bumble, flower, wasp, drone, honeycomb, regurgitation, swarm, sting, stung, bee sting, stinger, dance, flower, apiculture, apiarist, apiary, colony, beekeeping, apis mellifera, wings, mite, thorax, invertebrate, compound eye, bug, nectar, bee, hornet
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