Bees in Art:
Bumblebee: Bombus hortorum, oil on canvas by Andrew Tyzack.
Bumblebee: Bombus hortorum, oil on canvas by Andrew Tyzack.
‘British Bumblebee Queens’, hand coloured mezzotint, by Andrew Tyzack
A limited edition of 90
Bumblebee by Andrew Tyzack
Mole the Tyzack studio whippet-in-residence.
Butterflies roost away from the rain in a wheelbarrow...
Lockington resident Roger Hateley describes how his son Jonathan Hateley, came to discover a brand new species of hawkmoth on an uninhabited island in the South Pacific.
Henderson Hawkmoth Hippotion hateleyi
Operation Raleigh was a four year round the world expedition which began in Hull in 1984. The aim was to involve 4000 young people (2000 from the UK) aged 17-24 in a variety of challenging scientific and community aid projects in under-developed parts of the world. Those selected by means of quite severe tests of physical and mental stamina went abroad for several months. The scientific work was based aboard âoeSir Walter Raleighâ, a converted Hull trawler.
Having been selected as a âoeventurerâ to help construct an area designated as a national park in the Bahamas, Jonathan Hateley was then invited to be the Scientific Officer aboard the ship for a trip across the Pacific from South America to Australia. One of his projects was to collect moths on the uninhabited Henderson Island, part of the Pitcairn group. On 18 June 1986 he found a rather large brown moth in his trap which looked unlike any others he had seen up to then.
On his return to UK the specimen was investigated by Dr Jeremy Holloway in the London Natural History Museum and turned out to be a new species of Hawkmoth.
A further expedition some years later found several more specimens on Henderson Island which appears so far to be its only habitat.
Subsequently it featured on one of the Pitcairn stamps.
Roger Hateley 2012
Welcome to Moths of Lockington & East Yorkshire
This is a pictorial record of moths found in Lockington and East Yorkshire. Lockington is a rural village 7 miles from Bevereley, East Yorkshire, UK.
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Val Littlewood has been an artist, illustrator, designer and lecturer for many years. Currently her exhibition âoeBuzz, A Celebration of British Beesâ is touring the UK.
While always interested in natural history subjects, the bee paintings came about more by accident than design:
âoe Two years ago while doing some gardening for my father I found our old beehives, tucked away and no longer in use. Such memories flooded in about the delightful bees and their honey that I decided to paint a honey bee for my Pencil and Leaf blog. From came a commission from a bee enthusiast to paint a set of 16 bees. While researching and studying bees it was impossible not to become very fond of these delightful and hardworking little creatures. They are fine natural architects, ingenious nest builders, solicitous mothers and cooperative workers. Their stories are fascinating yet they generally pursue their crucial work of pollinating our crops and garden flowers unseen and unappreciated. To help raise awareness of bees and the need to protect them and their habitats I decided to paint 25 of our British wild bees for a small exhibition âoeBuzz, A celebration of British Beesâ The aim of Buzz is to help people understand more about these wonderful friends of ours and appreciate their very distinct personalities. Bees need us and we need bees!
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Heather honeycomb from the North York Moors
A new drawing and a new limited edition wood engraving of queen honeybees by Andrew Tyzack.
Welcome to the Museum窶s Bug forum, which is here to help you identify bugs that are commonly found in homes, gardens, parks, allotments and the countryside in the UK.
The term 窶bug窶 is the most widely used name for insects, but this forum also covers non-insect groups such as spiders, centipedes, millipedes and woodlice. These are all collectively part of the group called arthropods.
You can use the forum to make comments and add your own digital photographs, along with information such as where you found the bug, the time of year, and any notable behaviour. The Museum's expert entomologists will then try to identify it for you.
Keep watching as the astonishing diversity of UK invertebrates reveals itself.
Apologies for my recent silence 窶" when the bees are in their quiet season, I get to start my long list of things that don窶t get done during bee season. However, I was very pleased to see that in the recent mild weather, all our hives showed some activity as the bees came out to stretch their wings in the sunshine. They seemed to be particularly interested in the autumn leaves beginning to rot down, especially on the kids窶 slide (perhaps it was a bit warmer being plastic). This behaviour is reminiscent of the behaviour we saw here and I can only think they are searching out minerals and nutrients that they need following
Happy New Year
Botanical illustration is a genre that reflects the development of art and science for over 500 years. In the Renaissance there was an interest in naturalism and expeditions that left Europe in search for new lands led to new discoveries of plant species. In the 17th and 18th century, botanical art gained popularity in the west, especially England and Scotland where gardening became popular among aristocrats who began collecting and cataloguing exotic and native plants. Sadly, this painting genre has begun to fade in modern times.
This exhibition features watercolour paintings by India's foremost botanical painters - HEMLATA PRADHAN. A gifted child in the Pradhan family that has run orchid nursery for three generations in the hills of Kalimpong, Sikkim, Hemalta Pradhan graduated with a diploma in botanical illustrations from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with scholarship from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Canada, and a Master's Degree in Natural History Illustration from the Royal College of Art, London, with scholarship from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, London. It is rare in modern days to see such a talent in botanical illustrations: orchids and plants are alive in her paintings, which also are scientific records of vanishing species.
Amongst some large works of orchids in habitat, other paintings in the show include Bailey's Himalayan Blue Poppy, studies of Himalayan Cobra Lilies, and also a painting of Himalayan Blue Bamboo from the collection of her father Udai C. Pradhan, one of India's renowned botanists.
Pradhan's works have been exhibited at the British Museum and are in the collection of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England. The Kingdom of Bhutan also commissioned her for its orchid stamps.
Bees in Art The world's first art gallery devoted to Honey bees, Bumble bees and other Hymenoptera depicted in art.
Bees in Art is a sister gallery to The Land Gallery and exhibits artwork by leading artists whose fascination with bees and other Hymenoptera has inspired them.
We exhibit and sell cards, drawings, mixed media, paintings, photographs and prints in our unique and extensive online Bees in Art gallery. All work here can be purchased securely online today. Our aim is to offer you important and quality artwork by leading artists inspired by bees, with good investment value and at the best prices.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Andrew Tyzack paints about our perception of and relationship with animals. These animals inhabit his dreams, and through painting, drawing and printmaking, his animal images are brought together for viewing and inspection, like the inhabitants of a Victorian collection.
Andrew is a third generation beekeeper and runs several hives in the East Riding of Yorkshire, UK. His earliest memory of beekeeping was helping his grandfather capture a wild colony of bees, established in the wall of a wooden hut: "in the smoky gloom Grandad gently took away the inner wall and there were the bees populating beeswax combs. Because the hut was gloomy and Grandad was gentle the bees just carried on with their lives. We weren't wearing any protective clothing at all, but I felt safe. Their doorway was where a knot had fallen out of a plank, but once we had captured the queen the colony was ours."
Early inspiration came from a boyhood curiosity for all things natural, and from the artists, writers, poets and dancers, such as the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy and the poet Liz Lochead, who were visitors to his home. Now bees and beekeeping are the central themes of his work.
Andrew's recent commissions include portraits, a 窶triptych窶 of drawings based on the 'seductions by Zeus' in the guise of various animals, and 窶rehearsal drawings窶 at the Royal National Theatre, London. Which are now represented in the Carl Heinz archive at the National Portrait Gallery, London, and at the Victoria and Albert theatre museum, London.
Andrew has been an artist-in-residence in Munich, Sweden and recently Hong Kong. He has also travelled to the Jim Corbett National Park, India; Taman Negara, equatorial rainforest, Malaysia and has camped in the game parks of Botswana and Zimbabwe. All of which has provided first hand inspiration to his artwork.
The Tyzack family originates from the Lorraine region of 13th century France where they were successful glass makers. To escape religious persecution the Tyzacks settled in England in the 16th century, where they continued to make glass. Today the Tyzacks are still a creative force, being a diverse family of artisans, actors and artists.
There are about 19 different species of bumblebee (and six species of cuckoo bumblebees) found in the UK, 66 in Europe and around 250 in the world. On these and the linked pages I will show you how to recognise the six common species, and there is a page of less common species, and North American bumblebees, but really the best way to recognise all bumblebees is to use the keys and photographs in books. There is also a free ebook on how to recognise the 6 species most commonly seen in the U. K., which you can get from the downloads page.
Digging in the garden earlier this week, I disturbed this little black and white bee. She窶s most likely an Andrena cineraria or Ashy Mining Bee, a solitary bee that lives in the soil normally emerging in March.
I obviously disturbed her a little bit earlier than normal but as it was a warm, sunny day, we窶re hoping she managed to fly away and find somewhere to shelter. She spent a while taking in the heat before cleaning herself and heading off窶ｦ.