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 insects can be ordered as well. For more information and pricing please call 1 (800) 913-7906 or send an email to the artist.
The images 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 to: email@example.com
Ants are invertebrates and members of the order Hymenoptera, which includes saw flies, wasps and bees. They are social insects, and live in colonies which are either stationary in anthills or subterranean dwellings, or in large groups that are always on the move. These colonies can range from a few dozen individuals in mobile colonies up to massive installations that house millions of ants. The large colonies consist mostly of sterile female workers and soldiers, along with a queen who is the only member of the colony to produce offspring. Ants live in nearly every ecosystem on the planet, save for the polar regions. Part of this success has been attributed to their ability to function as a cohesive unit, adapt their surrounds to suit their needs and exploit local resources to their ends. They are also excellent problem solvers, and this aspect of ants is greatly studied and, despite this, isn't completely understood. When the evolutionary evidence is examined, it suggests that ants came about in the mid-Cretaceous period (about 110 to 130 million years ago.) Ants are known to form symbiotic relationships with other species, such as other ants, aphids, plants and fungi. They will 'farm' various species, growing fungi in underground caves, tending to aphids and defending them from other predators, and the aphids in turn provide sustinence for the ant colony, such as sugar water which they excrete and the ants harvest.
Bees are flying insects and member of the order Hymenoptera. They are closely related to wasps and ants and are considered a specialized form of wasp. There are about 20,000 known species of bees and nine different families. Bees are found nearly everywhere and in every climate except for the extreme polar areas. They are extremely critical to the world's plants, as they provide the pollination for much of the flowering plants that provide the food supply to humans. In addition to collecting and dispersing pollen, bees also make honey and beeswax. Bees collect nectar from flowering plant by way of their long proboscis, which is a complex tongue. Another feature of the bee is their antennae, which is the primary olfactory sensors and using these they are able to locate flowering plants and communicate with other members of the hive. Currently, there is a great decline in living bees and the world's food source is threatened because of this. While there are some working theories on what is causing it, as yet no single reason had been indentified, though scientists believe a fungi called Nosema ceranae and a DNA-based virus called invertebrate iridescent virus or IIV6 are may be mostly to blame.
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.