Accurate drawings of various species of ants, wasps and bees. All illustrations are hand drawn and expertly rendered. All illustrations are available in both line art and full color. In the gallery is the Carpenter Ant, Common Eastern Bumble Bee, Common Yellowjacket, Gall Wasp, Green Metallic Bee and Tarantula Hawk Wasp. High quality prints made on acid-free archival paper are available of all drawings in the gallery. If you do not see the bee, ant or wasp you're looking for please contact the artist to make a suggestion. Custom illustrations of specific animals can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist. All drawings shown are available in both B&W line art versions and color
The wildlife drawings are also available for stock art illustration.
These stinging, biting and in large part unpleasant or even potentially dangerous insects don't perhaps make the most inspiring subjects for illustration. But as they are familiar to us all, I feel compelled to illustrate them and give them a place next to the more exotic and noble animals like the lion, wolf and moose. As we are much more likely to encounter a small invertebrate in our daily lives, we often overlook them as too common to notice, or in many cases pest to be eliminated. But this is too bad, as many of these insects have lovely coloration, interesting anatomy or other characteristics making them interesting and worth some observation. I have accumulated just a handful of these insects so far, but I hope to add more in the coming months. If you have a suggestion, or would like information about having a custom illustration done please send an email.
A wasp is a flying insect member of the order Hymenoptera that is neither a bee nor an ant. This includes hornets and yellow jackets. They are very frequently parasitical in nature, and nearly every type of insect has at least one species of wasp that preys upon it or uses it for parasite purposes. For this reason, many wasps are critical in containing pest species in what is called "natural biocontrol." Apart from having a painful sting, wasps are generally helpful to humans because they keep population of pest insects in check. Apart from the few wingless species, wasps have two sets of wings, an ovipositor or "stinger", very little hair compared to bees, and sometimes will live solitary existences and will either be completely nomadic, or have burrows dug into the earth. But when wasps do live in colonies, the manner of nest depends on the species. Some wasps produce nest made primarily of paper pulp which is chewed up wood fiber. Others use a mixture of matter, which can include synthetic materials like plastic or fabric. Many wasps possess extremely painful stings, and unlike bees who can only sting once, wasps can sting multiple times. The Tarantula Hawk Wasp's sting is considered to be one of the most painful of any stinging insect.
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