SACRE BLUE A colored honeycomb from a beehive is seen in Ribeauville, France on Oct. 5. Local beekeepers have observed bees returning to their hives carrying bluish- and greenish-hued substances — believed to be residue from a nearby plant processing M&M’s — causing the unnatural colors of honey. (Photo: Vincent Kessler / Reuters via NBC News)
The material has been hand dyed with turmeric, tea and onions skins. Then hand printed with lino cuts to represent the larvae, workers, drones and the single queen bee. The quilt was then then pieced, quilted and bound by hand.
The bees are arranged in a rough imitation of the structure of a hive: the queen is surrounded by workers, each drone and larvae are attended by their own workers, while others form a circle to represent a “bee dance” and some stand guard at the entrance to the hive.
Osmia Avosetta are solitary bees that build their nests by biting petals off of flowers, flying them back one by one, and gluing them together often using nectar as glue. Each nest is a papermache work of art that houses a single bee egg. (via)