Artwork / Crime Against Nature / The Real Amazons (Western Honey Bee)

painting of a Western honey bee
Gwenn Seemel
The Real Amazons (Western Honey Bee)
acrylic on panel
10 x 10 inches

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In 2004 I made a painting about a play about wasps, but this is my first image of a bee. In 2013 I drew one flying and, four years later, I made a painting from that drawing. Below is the text from the book Crime Against Nature that goes with this image.

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.

wildlife painting by Gwenn Seemel
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