Thought it was time to share my finished piece for @fifty_bees 2018 exhibition coordinated by one of my three talented sisters @lydianeedle. This is the second exhibition (Bee 51-100) and is being shown in the @richardjefferiesmuseum. It runs from 2nd - 24th June (private view 1st June). My contribution is for Bee 67, Bombus Cryptarum, and is titled ’67 Peep show.
The format of the piece is a tunnel book, which was originally called a Peep show. They originate from the mid 18th – fitting because Bombus Cryptarum was first written about in 1775 by J C Fabricius.
Bombus Cryptarum is so named because of the difficulty identifying it as discrete species. Recent research papers cite stereomicroscopy for identification. The need for close examination led me to utilise microscope slides for the construction of this piece. Most date from the late1960s; A few newer slides are included as pollens from UK plants are present. Heather stamens and petals also feature.
The piece is sealed in Copper and wrapped in the original text from the 1775 publication: Systema Entomologiæ, and is also translated (by me via google)
The Cryptic Bumblebee (Bombus Cryptarum) is relatively widespread in the UK, throughout northern Europe, Russia and Alaska. Upland areas are the preferred habitat, with a proclivity for Heather, Blackthorn, Bilberry and Mountain Birch. These therefore form the peep show layers.
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