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Merops apiaster (European bee-eater)

470,00 $

Story behind:

This bird breeds in open country in warmer climates. As the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps, and hornets. They catch insects in flight, in sorties from an open perch. Before eating a bee, the European bee-eater removes the sting by repeatedly hitting the insect on a hard surface. It can eat around 250 bees a day.

If an apiary is set up close to a bee-eater colony, a larger number of honey bees are eaten because they are more abundant. However, studies show the bee-eaters do not intentionally fly into the apiary, rather they feed on the insects caught on pastures and meadows within a radius of 12 km (7.5 mi) from the colony, this maximum distance being reached only when there is a lack of food. Observations show that the birds actually enter the apiary only in cold and rainy periods, when the bees do not leave the hive and other insect prey are harder for the bee-eaters to detect.

Source: Wikipedia

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Artwork specification:

  • Dimensions: 70cm (width) / 100cm (height)
  • Technique: Rembrandt soft pastel + Conté à Paris fixer
  • Lightfastness: no less than ** (up to 100 years according to ASTM Standard D4303)
  • Paper: Fabriano Accademia 200g + custom background
  • Frame: minimalistic wooden frame with PVC glass included

Year and place of creation:

2020 – Olsztyn, Poland

Technique

soft pastel

size

70×100

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