Bumblebee Combo

Bumblebee Combo - Bees
Bumblebee 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 later illustrations I did. I’m pleased by the way I captured the form and the furriness of each bee. The top bee is the Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestris. Below it is its parasite, the Vestal Cuckoo-bee B. vestalis, with its sparser fur, narrower build and lack of any pollen basket on the hind leg.
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