This week featured guest
Valerie Littlewood will discuss her work documenting wild British bees and how she teaches the public about the bees and their plants.
As you know, one way Valerie informs the public about plants and pollinators is through her book series, BUZZ. In Volume I of this series, Valerie pairs exquisite drawings and paintings with information about 14 bee species. Each two-page spread features a detailed painting of a bee and a graceful pencil drawing of a plant the featured bee pollinates. In her description of each species, Valerie includes interesting information about a bee’s identifying characteristics, its behavior, and its conservation status. She includes with her text thumbnail sketches of work-in-progress revealing how her finished drawings were completed.
Volume II of BUZZ is in preparation and will highlight 14 additional species of British bees. Overall, there are over 250 species of bees in Britain.
Thank you again for joining us Pollinator Week. You are invited to ask Valerie questions or post comments as our conversation progresses. Simply post your question in the Comment box below.