With the gold outline done, I can fill in the bee shapes with colour. I’m using Madeira stranded cotton in black (no. 2400), yellow (0104) and ivory (2402):
Black first, for the heads and bodies and some of the stripes, worked in long and short stitch:
Then the yellow stripes:
Then finally the ivory, for the bees’ tails:
They still look a bit odd without their wings, but they’re going on next.