66) by Kirstie Adamson, companion to 66bee, Bombus barbutellus, the Barbut's Cuckoo Bee
I have chosen to concentrate on the summer habitat and so I have depicted a meadow with summer flowers visited: thistles, knapweeds, clover, vetches and buddleia, the main focus of the piece. The shape of the magazine collage upon the canvas has been designed to show the population density, widespread and locally frequent in southern and central England scarcer in Wales and further north where the collage dwindles. As a cuckoo bumblebee, Bombus Barbutellus does not build any nest of its own, but usurps the nests of other bumblebees, killing the queen and forcing the workers to raise its own offspring. I have left a negative space in the form of a bumblebee for this reason.
Environmental and ecological issues are a recurring theme within my work and this piece for 'Fifty Bees' fits well into this collection as the works are about the fragility of life, both on a personal level and on a wider scale with regards the environment, which sits with the delicate ecosystems being illustrated.
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