Tag Archives: leaf-cutter bees

Leafcutter bee feeding on borage flower

Jan 28, 2013 | Posted by in work | 0

“Feeding on Borage Flower”, 2012 Ink and brush on Fabriano paper, approx. 6″ x 9″ Here is a detail of another of my series of Leafcutter Bees in brush and ink. This is one of a Leafcutter feeding on borage flowers last summer. At the moment the bees are over-wintering in the bee-house in the shed, but soon they willRead more …

Cutting a leaf circle

Nov 6, 2012 | Posted by in work | 4

“Leafcutter Bee Cutting Leaf Circle from Rose Branch”, 2012 Ink and brush with some body colour, on Bristol Board, approx. 7″ x 4.5″ Here’s another in my series of ink drawings based on Leafcutter Bees. This one shows a bee on a branch of rose leaves which are one of their favourite plants for harvesting nest material. Watching a bee cut aRead more …

Leafcutter bee in flight

Sep 11, 2012 | Posted by in garden, method, work | 9

“Leafcutter Bee in Flight”, 2012 Ink and brush on Fabriano paper, approx. 4.5″ x 7″ A solitary Leafcutter bee returned to lay in the bee houses this year. Due to the rain and cold weather she has completed less than one tube of cells this summer, on which the hope of leafcutters next year now rests. I will over-winter them in the tool shedRead more …

Leafcutter bee emerging, in brush and ink

Aug 15, 2012 | Posted by in garden, method, work | 0

“Leafcutter Bee Emerging”, 2012 Ink and brush on Fabriano paper, approx. 6″x 5″ After almost a year lived in perfect darkness inside a leaf cell, a leafcutter bee emerges into the light. First its antennae, then its eyes experiencing the world for the first time. In its jaws are the dried leaves of the cell from which the bee has just brokenRead more …

A summer with the leafcutters

Sep 13, 2011 | Posted by in garden | 2

I’m happy to report that this year there have been up to three leafcutters at any one time nesting in the bee houses, which is a huge improvement on the situation last year where no bees nested at all! I think it likely that this is down to having moved the bee houses to a better location on a little wall at the end ofRead more …

Latest bee drawings

Aug 4, 2011 | Posted by in method, work | 2

Once again there seems to be a huge amount to report both on the drawings, and the activities of the bees in the garden. For those waiting for an update on the leaf-cutter bees, there is a post coming soon, with many photographs! There are also a few pen and ink drawings of leaf-cutter bees below. For those looking forRead more …

Bees in pen and ink: Dip pens

May 9, 2011 | Posted by in work | 6

  Above, left: Some quick sketches of a newly-emerged leafcutter. Above, centre and right: close-up views of a larger study of a leafcutter bee, showing the variety of lines used. Above: Gillott nib looking slightly worn – I just hope that when I start using the next one it gives me the same results, or I’m going to be veryRead more …

About the bees I

Apr 4, 2011 | Posted by in garden, work | 2

I thought I’d update with some news about the bees – both those in the garden, and on my drawing table. However, as this post became quite long in the writing, I have decided to put the new drawings into a separate blog post (coming soon). Improving the solitary bee houses: Late last month I decided to improve the site of the solitaryRead more …

This year’s bees emerging.

Jun 26, 2010 | Posted by in garden | 2

Just a little update to show you what’s happening with the leaf-cutter bees at the moment. I think the bees are a little later than usual this year, but they have finally been hatching out over the past week. On the left is a bee coming out of its tube, while on the right is a newly-hatched bee resting before it fliesRead more …