In Eskiworks’ stream the discussion turned to women in reasonable armor, and I said how I wished I had a setting that would justify designing armor, and she said, hey, what about the bees?
So here’s some Melliferian armor. Though maybe the mask is the only thing that really counts strictly as armor. Melliferians’ exoskeletons are basically already armor as it is, so about the only part of the body that benefited from something hard to protect it is their eyes. Everything else is just loose fabric.
The idea being, Melliferians primarily need to defend themselves from being stung, and the part of their bodies most vulnerable to stinging is their joints. So to preserve as much mobility as possible, they protect themselves with fabric simply to make it harder to FIND their joints, let alone get a sting through without losing purchase when the fabric moves.
The abdomen is left unadorned, as I couldn’t think of anything to protect it that wasn’t more trouble than it’s worth. It needs to have freedom of movement to sting, and the spiracles have to be uncovered so they can breathe. Which is just as well, since their abdomen plates overlap each other anyway.
The mask here would be made of propolis and the cloth of spider silk.