Are bees grouping together in a colony like English-speakers would say? In Lithuanian the word for a human family is used. Also in the Lithuanian language, there are separate words for death depending on whether you’re talking about people or animals, but for bees the former is used. And if you want to show a new-found Lithuanian pal what a good friend they are, you might please them by calling them bičiulis (beechulis), a word roughly equivalent to ‘mate’, which has its root in bitė (beeteh) – bee.

find more of those on bbc by Will Mawhood, from 20 March 2018