Bee 🐝

Inktober prompt : ancient

Back in the time of the dinosaurs there were forests of trees, ferns, pines and cedars but absolutely no flowers, no daisies, no cherry blossoms, no foxgloves. The reason for that was because pollination at the time relied totally on the wind and was particularly innefficient.

That changed dramatically when winged insects evolved and their activities increased pollination dramatically, however that was a minor impact compared to when plants evolved and began to advertise their pollen by adding colourful flowers rather than the usual brown or green.

To make further increase the chances the plants started producing sugar-rich nectar to entice the insects even more, and in turn the insects evolved to specialise in nectar sucking. The first bees evolved from wasps (not the annoying garden-type) at a presumed 130 million years ago, which means they survived the meteor impact 65 million years ago which wiped out almost all life on earth, dinosaurs included.

So, if you’re enjoying some honey today you can thank a creature that has been on this planet far longer than the human race in any form. And also spare a thought for the fact that whilst there are thousands of known species of bees, it’s estimated that a species of bee goes extinct every 20 minutes thanks to man’s interference with the planet.

β€˜If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.’ – E. O. Wilson

This was painted with Pentel red ink on Canson 1557 180gsm bright white heavy paper and is available to buy from my Shop link in the menu.

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