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

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

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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.

Boys and girls sometimes live in separate groups and don’t see each other very much.

See all the images and text by downloading or purchasing Crime Against Nature, the book.

insect illustration by amazing acrylic painter Gwenn Seemel
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