Bees do not feature very often in the mythology of Native American tribes. Sometimes bees
appear in cautionary tales warning people not to disrespect nature, as they are small but
capable of defending themselves. In South American legends, bees are sometimes
portrayed as small but fierce warriors capable of slaying larger but less courageous foes.
Bees and their honey are also associated with fertility in some tribes and are considered good luck for couples
trying to conceive.
Bees are also occasionally used as clan animals, particularly in South America. The Ira-Tapuya tribe of Brazil call themselves
Mapa-Dakenai in their own language, which means "grandchildren of the bee."