This is a cuckoo bee that uses leaf cutting bees to feed her young.
As it is getting colder I'm not finding many bees (apart from bumblebees and honey bees). So I will be using other people's photos (with their permission) until it's bee season again. Hoping to post an Aussie bee next week.
“Cotton Candy-Colored Nightmare” - October 2019 - 9”x12” on watercolor paper
I usually tell people that my work is completely up for interpretation.
I try to refrain from giving too much of my own explanation because the ambiguity personalizes the viewer’s experience.
That said, this piece begged for my own ISpy list...a lot stands out to me: Insects, flowers, warriors with phallic flower staffs, sexual ghost lions licking phallic flower staffs, portal windows to the outside world, a person being captured and consumed by flower-insects...normal shit obs 💁🏽♀️ This piece is born out of a stream-of-consciousness/meditation process that has been revealing more pronounced symbols and images for the past few years now.
Oh no — it’s Spotted Lanternfly! ☹
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma delicatula, is an invasive planthopper from China, Bangladesh and Vietnam. It first came to the United States in 2014, where it was found in Pennsylvania. Today, this insect has established populations in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey and Virginia.
These insects aren’t strong fliers, so how is their range expanding so quickly? Well, unfortunately, SLF will lay their cryptic egg masses (usually of 30-50 eggs) on just about anything: trees, cars, crates, stones, you name it! Because of this, it’s very easy to accidentally transport the pest. If you see these egg masses or the insect itself, it’s suggested you kill it and report your finding to PSU’s SLF extension project.
SLF is a huge threat to agriculture for a number of reasons. Because they don’t have any natural predators, their populations are booming. Our native birds don’t seem to care for this insect as a snack! Additionally, SLF is capable of feeding on a wide variety of plants — over 70 different species — and is particularly fond of Tree of Heaven (an invasive plant that is abundant in PA and the surrounding area), grape, apple and other stone fruits. Many of its hosts are important crops for these states; it’s believed that SLF could create billions of dollars of damage for these industries.
Have you encountered this beautiful but invasive insect? Let me know in the comments below!