"Solitary Bees"

Bees are among the most recognized insects in our society thanks to the by-products obtained from them. There is a false belief that these insects only have gregarious behavior. However, there are more than 20,000 known species, of which about 90% are solitary bees. Despite being such an abundant and diverse group, they are the least known, probably due to the particularities of their solitary life and the difficulty in observing them. This group of insects performs the tasks of pollination with a percentage of effectiveness much higher than the typical Apis Melifera, often specializing in specific species, such as the Apis Pruinosa that only takes the pollen from the pumpkins to feed its young. Its conservation supposes enormous benefits for the environment, our crops and the biodiversity of the planet. This project aims to capture, analyze and photograph different species of solitary bees through the method developed by Dr. Sam Droege of the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. These photographs will serve as a reference for making oil paintings on wood or dibond. The captured species will be physically integrated into the work by encapsulating resin while the viewer sees the plastic result inspired by each bee.