Bumble bee on butter-and-eggs


Winter may be on its way, but this day is mild and there are still some flowers for a female bumble bee to visit, even if they are weeds.


Bumble bee on butter-and-eggs, by Alison C. Dibble, is an original, one-of-a-kind fine art oil painting. Oil on canvas, 11 x 14 inches (28 x 35.6 cm) in a simple white wood frame (ready to hang). Price includes packing, handling and shipping within the lower 48 states of the USA*.

I studied wild native bees of Maine for years and published research papers regarding the plant species that bees visit to get nectar and pollen. It was a privilege and a thrill to watch bees on flowers, and take pictures of them. A few of the photos I took just begged to have their subjects interpreted in oil paint.

This particular bee was visiting flowers of the weedy wild snapdragon called butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris) at a blueberry farm in eastern Maine in the second part of October, just before the first killing frost. She was probably a mated queen, destined to spend the winter in a hole in the ground near the edge of the forest. If all went well, she would emerge in spring to found her own new colony.

[Item number 4545]

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