Folio 62v - the eagle, continued.
Folio 63r - the eagle, continued. De apibus; Of bees
The eagle, its allegory.
Bees make honey and skilful hives.
The bees, all identical in appearance, zoom into their hives in three orderly rows.
The design emphasises their collective labours and orderliness. The bees look like a combination of hand grenades and shuttlecocks. They should have a head, thorax and abdomen, and four wings. The skeps or bee hives of coiled straw are accurate except for their fanciful colour. Initial type 2.