Sunday, January 07, 2007

Osmia Equinus


The horsefaced bee was commonly found in sounthern Japan until 18th century when europeans started collecting them and the mass capture eventually resulted in extinction of the entire species. They are related to Osmia cornifrons, a widely used commercial species used to pollinate apples. Unlike the small cousin Osmia cornifrons, the Osmia equinus grows up to 8 inches long and has an abnormally huge abdomen that houses a dangerous sting that can kill a small rodent. Unlike other common bee species, the sting comes out of the victim easily and is re-usable.

Illustration Friday: Buzz
it's a drawing of a bee, a monstrous one.

fine point felt pen, photography, digital print.

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19 Comments:

At 1/8/07, 12:17 AM, Blogger studio lolo said...

Wow! This is really beautiful. Great drawing and nice choice of background.

 
At 1/8/07, 12:29 AM, Blogger Bill Zeman said...

beautiful!

 
At 1/8/07, 7:49 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

I love how this peice looks. Very nice drawing too.

 
At 1/8/07, 8:24 AM, Blogger Michelle Lana said...

very nice!

 
At 1/8/07, 8:35 AM, Blogger constance said...

Great!

 
At 1/8/07, 9:51 AM, Blogger the enigma said...

wow, super! the best i've seen this week.

 
At 1/8/07, 9:54 AM, Blogger Poseidion said...

wow, this bee is too scarry for me... Good job though

 
At 1/8/07, 12:57 PM, Blogger Erika Ariente said...

great design!

 
At 1/8/07, 5:58 PM, Blogger Brine Blank said...

Very strong drawing and exceptional layout/background...and always love the info!!!I saw a show on Discovery about some sort of giant hornet in the area that attacked bees and scared the locals pretty good...the bees only defense is when they would invite a forward scout (that would mark the hive for destruction)in, cover it and by vibrating/flapping raise the temp until it roasted the hornet...the bees could survive one degree higher than the hornet!

 
At 1/8/07, 6:10 PM, Blogger steve said...

This is some wonderful art here. Love the layers and drawing style, as well as the info. Reminds me of a show I watched about some of the enormous hornets in japan.

 
At 1/8/07, 9:29 PM, Blogger neilornstein said...

wonderfully drawn

 
At 1/9/07, 12:21 AM, Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

This is so strong! Really rich, and with a lot of depth. This really rocks.

 
At 1/9/07, 10:47 AM, Blogger Paula said...

This is wonderful! The layering is great!

 
At 1/9/07, 1:00 PM, Blogger Geninne said...

Amazing illo!

 
At 1/10/07, 5:32 PM, Blogger m.b said...

this is beautiful wonil! i've been wondering what you've been up to - fabulousness as usual! I just got an email from jody a couple days ago too. nice to see the amazing stuff you keep producing! keep it up!

 
At 1/11/07, 7:29 PM, Blogger Pati @-;-- said...

Lovely!

 
At 1/11/07, 9:11 PM, Blogger flossy-p said...

This is stunning. I keep on thinking about how mind-blowing it would be to discover this piece on an actual old wall somewhere in a city alley way. I just love the delicate detail and the old wall background.

 
At 1/12/07, 4:19 PM, Blogger wonil said...

thank you all.

Brian, i saw that episode too. it was amazing.

Flossy-p, yeah, i would love to see that too.

 
At 2/2/07, 3:20 PM, Blogger Ira said...

wow
Wonil, you are so damn good.
I love your drawings. Just fantastic.

 

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