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painting of a bee

Gwenn Seemel
The real Amazons (Western honey bee)
2012
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

In 2004 I made a painting about a play about wasps, but this is my first image of a bee. To learn more about the making of it, check out this article. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image—the book can be read and purchased here.

Girls can be the ones in charge.

Male bees are called drones. They have single, unpaired chromosomes, meaning that they have no father and carry only the genetic material of their mother, the queen. They do not forage for pollen or contribute to the maintenance of the hive. Their sole purpose is to mate with a queen from another hive, and they die once they have done so.