Saw a disheartening article in USA Today online just a few days ago: A town in South Carolina sprayed for Zika, killing thousands (if not millions) of honeybees in the process! The beekeepers were sharing the photos of the bees lying dead on the ground, at the entrance to the hives, etc. The insecticide is toxic and they are spraying it all over from planes without warning people to bring in their pets or children, and from large trucks that arrive in the middle of the night (like they did here locally). And, of course, the insecticide kills things other than mosquitoes - like honeybees, butterflies, etc.
Are humans really so stupid?
I know this is a real worry to a lot of people right now - and we have had reports of people with Zika here (who have come home with it from outside the US). I know it's in the Miami region and will move up and around. But can we not think, research and get good information before county or city bigwigs say, "Spray it all now"???
So this has made me want to return to my bee series paintings...which I am doing.
Used Daniel Smith Walnut Ink on parts of the bees in the final version. Used a stick because the dip pens just didn't work for me.
Would there be walnuts...and walnut ink if there were no bees?