95) One Spring Morning by Jenny Graham - companion piece to Nomada leucophthalma, the Early Nomad Bee
This is an interesting bee which is quite commonly found in Somerset, although I can’t recall ever seeing one. The insect, which appears in Spring, feeds on the flowers of the Sallow tree and lays its eggs in the nests of other bees, just as the cuckoo lays its eggs in the nests of other birds. When I was deciding how to accompany Lydia’s sculpture, I thought it would be a good idea to include, not only one of the bee’s foodstuffs but also a cuckoo to act as a visual ‘aide-memoire’ for the species.
Oil on linen
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