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 www.pencilandleaf.blogspot.com. 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 http://buzzbooknprints.blogspot.com 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.