Four of my linocuts will appear in this year’s Society of Wildlife Artists exhibition ‘The Natural Eye‘ in the Mall Galleries in London.
The exhibition runs from 19th to 29th October 2017 – see http://swla.co.uk/wp-swla/events-exhibitions/ for more details.
Ivy Bees (Colletes hederae)
This charismatic insect first arrived on the British mainland in 2001 and its progress northwards is being monitored each year. The bee reached Norfolk in 2013 and we saw it at several new sites in North Norfolk last year. The bee gathers pollen from Ivy flowers and is on the wing from early September until early November.
The male Emperor Moth has bright orange hindwings and flies during the daytime. The greyer female flies at night. The moth is on the wing in April and May.
Several years ago we raised some Emperor Moth caterpillars on Bramble leaves, and this is a picture of one of the females that eventually emerged.
The Wall Brown butterfly used to be common in Norwich but in the last twenty-five years it has retreated to the coast. It is always a treat to see it, including near Wells-next-the-Sea, where I sketched this individual last September.
The Speckled Wood butterfly flies in dappled shade, including in Earlham Cemetery in Norwich, where I sketched this individual this spring, feeding on Primrose flowers. This is one of 44 species of butterfly I managed to see in Britain this year.