The bee is a diligent and hardworking animal. When tattooed on the skin, the bee can symbolize love, affection, wisdom, knowledge, spirituality and discipline. Bee tattoos can also symbolize teamwork, cooperation, family, prosperity and nobility.
Bees provide food and other materials for many indigenous people, therefore, bee tattoos can be a religious symbol or icon designed to glorify the bee. In these cases, the bee tattoo represents man's spiritual connection with the free-flying bee. A queen bee tattoo symbolizes a confident woman that controls and takes charge of the world around her. The queen bee tattoo is typically a symbol of a strong, defiant woman.