Anthophora plumipes Combo

Anthophora plumipes Combo - Bees
Anthophora plumipes Combo (pen & ink, 1984). Signed limited edition of 300 on fine card. A3. £50.00.

Two of twenty pen and ink illustrations commissioned for a forthcoming book on British Bees. The project was instrumental in my mastering of cross-hatching and stippling, and these are two of the earliest illustrations I did. The beige-coloured male with his hair-fringed mid legs is above and the all-black female is below. This is a common spring-flying bee of gardens and also more natural habitats such as quarries and soft-rock coastal cliffs. Both sexes can be mistaken for bumblebees, but they fly in a much faster darting fashion interspersed with short hovers. Females will often nest in the mortar of walls and sometimes enter houses via chimneys and airbricks. But don't worry, they won't sting you.
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