49bee) Female Plain Dark Bee
Female Plain Dark Bee
3x actual size
Look at this tiny little creature, built into a vintage French chalk container - I think the chalk container was part of a bicycle repair kit, possibly 1940s. This is a rare cleptoparasitic bee - if you want to support this little creature, you could try planting Bird's-foot-trefoil, field scabious, hawkweed, spear thistle and speedwell.
Vintage French chalk container, embroidery thread, wool, gold leaf, beads