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Still life drawn from a found (dead) Carpenter bee. During the creation of this artwork, I learned that South Africa does not have bumblebees, but rather Carpenter bees that look very similar to bumblebees. The two bees are in fact not even of the same family of bees - both are from the insect classification order Hymenoptera, but bumblebees are from the family Apidae, while the Carpenter bee is from the family Xylocopinae and suborder Apocrita. It's astounding how little so many of us know about the natural world.

Xylocopa

Ink Drawing by Janet Botes
Materials used
ink and coffee on cartridge paper
Size
W:29cm x H:40cm x D:01cm (unframed)

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      Still life drawn from a found (dead) Carpenter bee. During the creation of this artwork, I learned that South Africa does not have bumblebees, but rather Carpenter bees that look very similar to bumblebees. The two bees are in fact not even of the same family of bees - both are from the insect classification order Hymenoptera, but bumblebees are from the family Apidae, while the Carpenter bee is from the family Xylocopinae and suborder Apocrita. It's astounding how little so many of us know about the natural world.

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