A bee in the making

Author Koh Lin

Who knew that a journey into the world of bees, would lead me into the secret lives of another world. There are Facebook groups (they are like secret clubs) that cater for all interests and who would have guessed that native bees have their own secret club… I mean private groups. 😃

It was one of those moments when, if you believe in fate… that paths cross and stars align. I was smitten… I remember it well. It was the 5 November, 2021, a late Friday afternoon. It had been a warm day and having finished work I was now home, relaxing on Facebook… when suddenly, I spied a post about a felted bee, a teddy bear bee to be precise.

Teddy Bear Bee © Jane Gillard, Felted Love
Teddy Bear Bee © Jane Gillard, Felted Love

Now it could have “bee love” at first sight… and who would have known that my current fetish was about “native bees”… in fact, it was about a particular bee, known as a Golden-browed Resin Bee. To give it’s correct name, and this is for you more scientific nerds, my not so secret passion is about the Megachile aurifrons (correctly italicised 🙂).

So my fingers were quick to the keyboard and I shot off a private message to the creator of this native bee, Jane Gillard… please please please, can you make me a Golden-browed Resin Bee… more a statement then a question, because I suspected that she was able to create anything. 😃

So it was, after a few private messages, Felted Love gave birth to my Golden-browed Resin Bee. Once I got the baby photos, I felt like a proud father. So now I just have to wait patiently for the stork, I mean Australia Post to deliver… 🙂

Many thanks to Jane Gillard for permission to use her photos of the wonderful bees. Check out her Felted Love Facebook page to view the wonderful range and breadth of Jane’s creative talent.

Addendum
Yaahhooo… the stork… I mean Australia Post has delivered my baby… 🙂

Golden-browed Resin Bee © Jane Gillard, Felted Love
My package has arrived – Golden-browed Resin Bee © Jane Gillard, Felted Love

We love our Golden-browed Resin Bee…

Golden-browed Resin Bee © Jane Gillard, Felted Love
Golden-browed Resin Bee © Jane Gillard, Felted Love

My Golden-browed Resin Bee now watches down on me… 😃 Many thanks to Jane Gillard from Felted Love for her loving attention to this creation. 🙂

Golden-browed Resin Bee © Jane Gillard, Felted Love
My Golden-browed Resin Bee © Jane Gillard, Felted Love

Just in case you cannot get enough… here is peek at the gorgeous teddy bear bee…


Footnote & References

  1. Felted Love, Jane Gillard, https://www.facebook.com/feltedlove/
  2. Bees in the burbs, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1041684025880609
  3. Megachile aurifrons, https://ausemade.com.au/flora-fauna/fauna/insects/megachile-aurifrons/