The explanation of sexual reproduction. In old fashioned times people were embarrased to discuss sex let alone tell children. So they used Mother nature as a metaphor to portray sex as a natural thing and not a crime punishable by eternal damnation.
"Now Philip, It's your fortieth birthday and I feel you are ready to know about the birds and the bees.."
noun. 1. pertaining to two types of winged animals, known for their contrary mating habits. 2. metaphor - pertaining to the delicate time in a young man's life when he begins to notice females in a 'special way,' seeing them not as harbingers of cooties, but as 'totally wordboneable.' Specifically, it refers to the courtship and love-making act commonly engaged in while in the backseat of his father's Buick.
1. "It must be spring," cried Billy. "Look at all the birds and the bees!" 2. "Son, you are coming of age now, and, well, um, I think we need to have 'The Talk.' You know, about the birds and the bees," said Father.
"Aww shit," thought Son. "I wish I were wasted right now."
Old term used to refer to adult relations between a man and a woman. The birds reflect women, the bees reflect men, in a subtle but notable reference to sex. These days, we tend to be a lot more abrupt when discussing these issues pertaining to 'the birds and the bees'.
Why yes, son, she is a fine looking young lady. One day, I must sit you down upon on my knee and teach you about the birds and the bees.