Bumblebees and columbines
It’s World Bee Day today; this watercolour shows a Buff-tailed bumblebee (bottom centre) ‘robbing’ a columbine flower; her tongue is too short to get in the flower the right way, so she nips round the back, bites a hole and sucks out the nectar without pollinating the flower. The longer tongued Early Bumblebee on the right will do the job properly. So that’s why it’s best to have lots of different species of bee - they all do slightly different jobs!
About the Artist
I'm an amateur painter from County Durham. I sketch and paint for my own enjoyment and relaxation; in particular, looking at the plants and animals in our local area and attempting to paint them. My painting "Goldfinches on Teasel" was chosen to be made into a card by Tees Valley Wildlife Trust. I…View full profile