“The Twa Bumbees”


"There were twa bumbees met on a twig, Fim-fam, fiddle-faddle, fum, fizz!" The two insects set out to find a home, frightening Jenny Wren in the process. After the babies are born, they quarrel; the male warns other bees about a "wayward, wanton wife."


This appears to have been founded on "The Twa Corbies" (or, rather, one of its silly offspring), but without a tune, it's hard to prove.

Needless to say, this isn't how bees reproduce. - RBW


  1. Ford-Vagabond, pp. 231-233, "The Twa Bumbees" (1 text)
  2. Roud #13086
  3. BI, FVS231


Author: Charles Spence
Earliest date: 1904 (Ford); Spence died in 1869
Found in: Britain(Scotland)