Several sources give credit to the great Cole Porter for coining the phrase. One of the legendary musician’s more famous songs was “Let’s Do It.” The 1928 standard contains the lyrics:
Birds do it, bees do it
Even educated fleas do it
Let’s do it, let’s fall in love
World Wide Words goes on to explain that the first “explicit use of the phrase” didn’t occur until 1939. An article on filmmaking from the Freeport Journal Standard stated: “A Frenchman was born sophisticated: he knows about the birds and the bees.” Hey, hey — vive la France!
All Nature seems at work. Slugs leave their lair–
The bees are stirring–birds are on the wing–
In other words, when the birds start moving and the bees start grooving, it’s on like Donkey Kong.While there’s no real consensus on how the term came about, most folks cite Mr. Porter. If you’d like a final opinion on the matter, we suggest you ask your health teacher.