Pc Brande Abeillesold by Musée de l'Armée - Invalides
With the eagle, the bee is the second emblem of Napoleon I. Napoleon's choice for this symbol is certainly due to the fact that the animal evokes organization and work, but it also recalls the discovery, in the 17th century, of the tomb of the Merovingian king Childeric I, in which we find gold insects but that scholars call "bees". Napoleon thinks in this way to be associated to the first dynasties of the French royalty by choosing this emblem.
As a result of recent research, it would seem that Childeric's gold insects are not bees, but rather cicadas
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