BEE-ing Artistic!





This is my first Instructable, so I hope this goes well. If you see anything that I could do better next time, please comment on it below!

First of all, I really hope that all of these bees can persevere through these tough times.

I would like to thank Earthjustice for bringing this topic to light. I must agree with Princess Leia from Star Wars when I say "I only hope that when the data is analyzed, a weakness can be found." These insecticides must be stopped!

This instructable is simply drawing a honeybee, but I also provide and label all of the functions of the honeybee's outer structures. If you are older and have kids, do this project with them, explain about the loss of honeybees in modern day, and tell them the functions of the structures as they draw them.

I hope you have fun!

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Step 1: Creating Your Bee Outline

Let's begin with drawing the head, thorax, and abdomen of our honeybee. Keep in mind that these sections are separate parts, so make sure that they do not join together. When the head and the thorax join together, they are called the cephalothorax. FYI, A great example of an animal with a cephalothorax is a Crayfish.

Step 2: Adding Wings

In this step we will add wings to our honeybee. Wings help the honey bee fly and also provide a cooling system to the bee. The wings are comprised into two sections: the forewing and the hindwing. The wings also combine to help cool the bee's hive.

Step 3: Creating the Legs

Our next step is adding the legs. These six appendages are mainly used to allow the bee to walk, but they are also used in transporting propolis, a resin found in trees, and pollen, a flower's sperm cells.

Step 4: Coloring the Eyes

To draw the eyes with glare , first draw a circle, but do not fill it in. Then, in the top left corner, make a smaller circle. Fill in the rest of the eye except for the glare/shine.

Bees have five eyes in total. The large two eyes that we see are compound eyes. They process light and color from UV light rays. The other trio of eyes, or ocelli determine the amount of light that is in the bee's environment.

Step 5: Adding Hair Details and Stripes

For the hair, just make squiggles around and in the abdomen, thorax, and head. Remember that no hair goes on the eyes, wings, or legs. The hair has no specific purpose on the bee.

To make the stripes make lip- shaped outlines and fill them in. The stripes' only purpose is to distinguish worker bees from queen and drone bees.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

Add veins to the wings and fill in the legs.

Remember that the front two notches on the side of the head are legs.

Finally, my favorite part... adding the antennae! The antenna can smell different odors and even tell their location! How cool is that! They also can tell the speed of the moving bee.

Step 7: Thanks!

I hope you like your own honeybee! Remember how important bees are in our environment, and always fight for their rights! Thank you Earthjustice, hopefully we can restore the population of one of our most important insects!

Thank you for reading and taking time to help in the fight against insecticides!

See you next time!

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    5 years ago

    Very cool! Love the artistic aspect along with the lesson. Very smart. And awesome drawing!

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I like this combination of drawing tutorial with a lesson on bee anatomy and their importance to the world. You turned a simple drawing of a honey bee into a good lesson plan for teachers.

    Thank you for helping spread the word. In return, here's a photo of my girls cleaning up a honey spill on a top bar hive.

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    5 years ago on Introduction

    I like your instructable a lot because it teaches several lessons. To appreciate the complexity and beauty of simple things around us... To teach us to draw things. I think it is important for EVERYONE to be artistic, even if you can't draw good... and to be musical, even if you can't do that perfectly. It is part of our human-ness to make things and do things, not just click on the radio, tv, or cellphone. Thanks for your instructable.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Wow. Thank you very much for commenting! You have said many things that I have thought, but have not said because I was afraid people weren't as like- minded as me. I must agree that the conceptual thinking and problem solving that humans undergo is very unique, and if we lose that what else will we be? I like your feedback, please vote for me in the Made By Bees contest!