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 who has recently moved from London to windswept, wet Cornwall. I first started keeping bees in the Ealing Beekeepers Association’s local apiary in 2008, when I created this blog as a record for myself of my various beekeeping related disasters and - hopefully! - future successes.
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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?


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