Igutaq — Bumblebee

The bumblebee is regarded by the Inuit with a mixture of disgust and terror. It is, however, also a useful indicator of the seasons. If one bee is seen flying along the coastline in the spring, this indicates that the arctic charr will soon begin to run down the rivers to the ocean.

Bees live in the ground, usually on sandy hillsides, where they create holes to raise their young. These holes are callled igutaaraqarvik, "place where there are baby bumblebees". Inuit occasionally come across bee nests while digging for edible roots and find a small store of tasty yellow honey.