Konchū Monogatari: Minashigo Hatchi, lit. A Bug's Tale: Hutch the Orphan) is an anime series produced by Tatsunoko Productions.The series features the adventures of a young bee named Hutch : the son of a Queen bee, Hutch is separated from his mother when his native beehive is destroyed by an attack of wasps. The series follows Hutch as he searches for his missing mother, in the midst of a frequently hostile nature.After being broadcast in several European countries, the show was translated into English as Honeybee Hutch, and re-edited in the 1990s, by Saban Entertainment. A sequel, The New Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee, and numbering 26 episodes, was produced in 1974. The original series was remade in 1989 under the same Japanese title, Minashigo Hutch.

The original show (1971) is notable for its frequently sad and cruel scripts.[4] In many episodes, Hutch would befriend another insect, only to see his new friend die a violent and painful death. In one, he befriended a female honey bee who lost her brothers and sisters to a hornet army. The 1989 remake, however, featured completely new episodes and a much more light-hearted story. On 31 July, a 2010 movie which was a remake of show was released in Japan titled Hutch the Honeybee.The original series was broadcast in France, by TF1, and Quebec (Canada) starting in 1979, under the titles Le Petit Prince Orphelin (The little Orphan Prince) and Hutchy le Petit Prince Orphelin. The re-edited Saban version was broadcast in 1997, under the title Micky l'abeille (Micky the bee), with a new French dubbing.[4]

In Italy, the show was broadcast by various local TV channels in the late 1970s as Le avventure dell'Ape Magà (The Adventures of Magà the Bee), a title similar to the more popular Maya the Bee, with a dub derived from the original Japanese version. In the Italian dubbing, the male character of Hutch was turned into a female bee like Maya, which created some awkward moments in the translations, such as in the episode