Buff-tailed bumblebee, from The Naturalist‘s Libary, 19th Century
The Naturalist’s Library was published in 40 volumes between 1833-1843 and was the first major, publicly-available work of its kind. It was published by William Jardine, 7th Baronet of Applegarth, a Scottish naturalist whose own natural history museum and library were said to be the best in Britain. The 7 volumes of entomology were written by Scottish entomologist James Duncan and illustrated by numerous artists.
The bee in this illustration, given the old common name of ‘humble bee’, is Bombus terrestris - the buff-tailed bumblebee or large earth bumblebee - one of the most numerous bumblebee species in Europe.
The bronze-tone brooch is made from nickel-free alloy, and the glass cabochon is 25mm across. Each brooch comes in a sturdy black card gift box.