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A well-loved German book created by Waldemar Bonsels, which was made into an {{animated adaptation}}, as well as a live action film. [[WTHCastingAgency Starring live insects]].

''Maya the Bee'' follows the life of [[CaptainObvious Maya, a honeybee]] and her friends Willy, also a honeybee, and Flip, a grasshopper.

The animated ''The Adventures of Maya the Honeybee'' is probably the best-known incarnation. It was originally created in Japan between 1975 and 1979 with a total of 104 episodes over two series with 52 episodes each, but [[NoExportForYou only 65]] of these were ever broadcast in North America during its run in the early [[TheNineties 90s]] (with half the episodes in the dub from the first series and half from the second). The series itself has been dubbed into over 40 languages all around the world and has even spawned a number of video games.

The premise of the anime was that Maya was tasked to collect pollen for her hive, but she [[GoneHorriblyRight ended up doing such a good job]] that she gathered ''all'' of the pollen around her hive, and there was none left. The queen bee then sent Maya further away from the hive in search of more pollen.

A new Maya cartoon with 3D rendered graphics is currently showing, with AndreaLibman in the title role.

!! This work provides examples of:

* AnimalTalk: Despite being [[FunnyAnimal Funny Insects]], the main characters never talk to humans. It can be presumed they're communicating using some form of insect speech.
** Specifically, they communicate through complicated dances.
* BraggingThemeTune
* CanonForeigner: Willy wasn't in the original book, but became part of the main cast in nearly all the cartoons/merchandise.
* EverythingsWorseWithBees: Subverted.
* FourLeggedInsect: Just look at the page image.
* FunnyAnimal: For the most part, insects walk around as bipeds and act just like humans. Some of them even wear clothes.
** BeePeople, in a way.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Maya's pollen collecting skills.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Overlaps with NoExportForYou - ''Maya'', not even the 65 broadcasted episodes, was never released on VHS or DVD in North America.
* MouseWorld: A world from the perspective of a bee is a very large world indeed.
* NiceHat: Flip has one.
* NoExportForYou: The sad fate of the 42 unaired episodes in North America.