Object StatementInsect model, worker bee bearing wax, papier mache / metal / hair, made by Dr Auzoux, Paris, France, 1883
Physical DescriptionModel of a worker bee bearing wax, made of papier mache, metal and hair. The bee is painted black and brown with orange horizontal stripes on the exterior of the abdomen and underneath. A section of the abdomen can be removed by a hook to show the internal organs, including the intestines, which are painted pink, green and white. The bee has three pairs of legs, with the two rear ones being covered in hair, and two pairs of wings which are folded back. The antennae at the front are black with bands of white lines that fold downwards.
MarksOn the exterior of the bee are black printed labels on small white circular and square pieces of paper including 'B', '(hand pointing) 4', '1', '(hand pointing) 1' and '1' on the outside of the abdomen. On the left wing is '10' and '16', '17', '8' and '15' appear on the left hairy leg with '11' on the front leg. The following marks also appear on the underside of the body from top to bottom, '2', '1', '4', '8', '7', '6', '12', '14', '13', '19' and '20'. On the internal organs is, '5', '(hand pointing) 2', '29', '28', '26', '2', '22', '3', '27', '24' and '30'. On the underside of the covering of the organs is '8', '5', '3', '6', '4' and '7'.