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Model of a queen bee

Model of an adult Queen bee made from papier mache and metal. The bee is painted black and dark brown with orange horizontal lines on the body and orange shading on the face and legs. The abdomen opens backwards, by a metal hook, to show the inner organs including intestines, which are painted pink, white and green. The head features two black antennae with white stripes, folded downwards and light brown eyes with black spots. There are two pairs of wings folded backwards that contain brown wire veining and transparent film, which is slightly damaged. Underneath the bee are more orange lines and a small gold hook attached to the breast.
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