Buzz…Paintings and Drawings by Valerie Littlewood

I just wanted to say a few words recommending the work of Valerie Littlewood, a native bees artist who I discovered at the recent London Honey Show.

Her blog can be found at It has plenty of information about bumbles and solitary bees as well as photos and her gorgeous illustrations.

I’ve just had her Buzz book delivered, it has an illustration of a different native bee on every other page (15 bees in total) along with accompanying info about the bees’ life. See to see inside. The book has a lovely glossy finish. Val sells signed copies for £12.50 plus £1.90.

Did you know the Snailshell Bee existed? The female uses discarded snail shells as nests to lay her eggs in.

Or the Hairy Footed Flower Bee? The males’ extravagantly hairy feet are said to be part of their courtship ritual.

About Emily Scott

I am a UK beekeeper living in Ealing, west London. I have been keeping bees in the Ealing Beekeepers Association’s local apiary since 2008 and created this blog as a record for myself of my various beekeeping related disasters and - hopefully - future successes. Busy taking the British Beekeeping Association module exams too!
This entry was posted in Bees and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Buzz…Paintings and Drawings by Valerie Littlewood

  1. ceciliag says:

    what a fantastic book to have, maybe someone will give it to me for christmas! never too soon to think about these things you know! c


  2. beatingthebounds says:

    I second that thought – it’s on my wishlist too. What a great link Emily, thanks for posting it. Art and wild bees is a fascinating combination as far as I am concerned and I know that I will be investigating further. Wouldn’t it be lovely to have the talent to produce pictures like that of the wildlife we observe?


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s