9bee) Perkins Mining Bee

195 GBP

9bee) Female Perkin's Mining Bee. Companion with 9a) by Kelly O'Brien which is also available on this website. One of the lovely vintage clockmaker's containers provides a beautiful safe space for this tiny little creature - it is 2.5x the actual size of the real bee.
'This is a scarce southern species recorded as far north as Warwickshire but with the majority of records in SE England and along the south coast. It occurs in a variety of umbellifer-rich habitats, including chalk grassland, coastal grassland, soft-rock cliffs, quarries and sometimes coastal grazing marsh. Adults fly in May and June and pollen seems to be obtained entirely from umbellifers. It seems particularly keen on Hemlock Water-dropwort, Hogweed and Alexanders, and was using Ground Elder at one Warwickshire site. Nesting seems to typically occur in very short turf or sparsely-vegetated areas on south-facing slopes. It is the special host of the rare cleptoparasitic nomad bee Nomada conjungens.' Steven Falk.

I made this by sculpting with wool, needle felting it into one of the vintage clockmaker's containers. I then finished with embroidery thread, vintage Kamibari gold thread and beads.
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39mm x 15mm