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 …

A day at the leaf-cutter bee nests

Jul 14, 2009 | Posted by in garden | 2

Today I’ll be posting pictures taken of my leaf-cutter bees live at the bee tubes, which are right outside my artist’s studio. Take a look at these earlier posts to find out all about these solitary bees. 1) And here are the first pictures of the day, a leaf-cutter clearing out paper from inside one of the tubes (click onRead more …