Woman wears 12,000 bees on her chest

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Stomach-churning photographs show a woman with 12,000 bees crawling on her naked chest. But not to fear, this is something 44-year-old Sara Mapelli likes to do on a regular basis, Daily Mail reports.The self-proclaimed ‘Bee Queen’ from Oregon let photographer Holly Wilmeth capture her indulging in her quirky passion, with the close-up shots set to make the hardiest viewer wince.In the images, Mapelli 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’.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.On her website, she writes, “I think of this dance as a duet among many. These 12,000 bees push with their powerful wings from each side of my body, I resist and then I let go and flow and move with them. It is a deep meditation and I feel the hive mind surround me, hold me and expand my body on a cellular level.”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.“I really want people to understand that they don’t need to fear nature,” she said. 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.”

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