The species is Osmia lignaria, likely of the Western North America subspecies, propinqua. These are very common here in the Oregon Willamette Valley as they serve a major role as a native pollenator. We encourage them by putting out bee boxes stuffed with open ended tubes that they use as nesting cavaties.
The sparkley exoskeleton of this solitary bee begged for a representation with a psychedelic pattern. The wings were a challenge, as this was the first time in my drawing that I had to represent transluency. Were the maze pathways to be constrained by the surfaces of the wing or should it echo the detail below it? I tried both, this was the better rendition.
This work is available for purchase.
Prints are on 13"x19" photographic paper
ready for matting and framing.
The shipment will include a sealed envelope containing a small version of the print showing the solution path.
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