Saturday, 26 April 2014
This Woman is Creating a Buzz with her Shirt Made of Live Honey Bees
Stomach-churning photographs of 44-year-old Sara Mapelli with 12,000 bees crawling on her naked chest has been creating a buzz on the internet. In the images, the self-proclaimed 'Bee Queen' from Oregon is seen calmly wandering around outdoors, with thousands of hairy-bodied insects covering her torso up to her neck, in turn creating a 'natural blouse'.
DailyMail reports that the beekeeper, who also works as an artist and healer, started investigating
how her hive would react to her body back in 2001. While they buzz around her, she likes to perform a slow 'spiritual' dance, which she says is a form of meditation.
To get the bees on to her skin she hangs a special pheromone oil around her neck that is equivalent to the scent of 100 queen bees. Once they are attached to her skin, she calmly 'performs' with them for up to two hours at a time. Once the bee dance is over, she gets a helper to remove the oil from around her neck and then does a big jump to shake the swarm off.
Any remaining 'stingers' are then removed with a soft brush.
In videos uploaded to YouTube she warns viewers: 'Do not try this at home.'