You will receive this A4 watercolour print on high quality 350gsm uncoated high-quality paper. It is impossible to tell the difference between the original and the print!

Here we see the Common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) enjoying the nectar of Geranium nodosum. A plant I grow in part shade in dry spots. Pauline often has these for sale because it’s such a non-stop provider of pollen and nectar in her organic garden.

A very successful bumblebee in the UK, when queens search for suitable places to nest, they fly just above the vegetation, for example on forest edges, investigating cavities such as holes in the ground or niches in dead wood and grass. The nests can be constructed above or under ground, preferably in old mouse nests, but also in bird nests, barns, and sheds.

The queen collects moss and grass to form a small, hollow sphere whose walls are partly bonded with wax and sealed off. Within this is formed a large bowl of brown wax of about 5 mm in diameter, which is filled with pollen. Thereafter, five to 15 eggs are deposited, and the cell closed. Another 20-mm-high cup is then filled with nectar, thus serving as its own food reserve for bad weather days. After three to five days, the larvae hatch to feed on the pollen. After about a week, the larvae are mature.

Here you can see the how wonderful this art work looks in a frame and also the art work process from start to finish.

Pauline will personalise your print on the front or rear, and if you would like the Latin names added to the front this is no problem, all at no extra cost.

Common carder bee Bombus pascuorum

  • Your art work will be posted first class in a protective envelope.