Bees needs

I found a perfectly intact dried bee the other week and it inspired me to draw a series of  studies. The first three images below were drawn from photo images which account for the intense colour, others are from observation under a magnifying glass on a cold January day. Afflicted with a heavy cold last week, I was comforted by steaming cups of lemon and honey and reminded yet again how depended we are on these awe inspiring pollinators. All drawings are done with conte and pastel on paper.