22bee) Queen Short-haired Bumblebee

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NOW SOLD Queen Short-haired Bumblebee This is a Queen Short-haired Bumblebee or Bombus subterraneus. It was once widespread across the south of England, and went as far north as Humberside. Around the 1950/60s its population distribution became really isolated and patchy and it is fairly reasonable to assume that it's decline was the result of the loss of the species-rich grassland habitats on which it depends. It is a long tongued bee and primarily feeds on red clover and dead nettles and changes in agriculture and land management may well have brought about its decline. It was last recorded near Dungeness nature reserve in 1988 and declared extinct in 2000. There is an amazing project to reintroduce this bumblebee into the UK from Sweden and to establish a corridor habitat suitable to support bumblebee in order to help establish the bee. It will begin in Dungeness and Romney Marsh but hopefully spreading into East and North Kent. The project is backed by Natural England, RSPB, Bumblebee Conservation Trust and Hymettus, and began in 2012 with an initial pilot reintroduction following four years of work with local farmers to create the ideal wildflower habitat across Romney Marsh and Dungeness. The media used for this piece is a vintage clockmaker's container, embroidery thread, wool, copper leaf, beads. Thank you for your interest in this piece - all sales go to support the continuing journey of the FIFTY BEES project. Please contact me should you wish to consider breaking the cost down into 2 or 3 more manageable payments. 45mm x 16mm