European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

By Ed Lewis

European Bee-eater (Merops apiaster)

Merops is the largest of the three genera of bee-eaters, and includes 23 of the 26 species. These bee-eaters are found in the warmer climes of the Old World, from Europe to Australia, but mostly in Africa. They are brightly coloured birds which catch and eat flying insects. A large proportion of their diet - as the name suggests - is made up of bees and wasps. Bee-eaters remove the sting before they eat their prey by hitting and rubbing it against a hard surface. Bee-eaters require around 225 bees a day when they are raising their young; they first rub the bees on their perch to remove the sting.


  • birds
  • bird
  • wildlife
  • nature
  • feathers

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watercolour on board
3 Years ago

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Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra)
Ed Lewis

Specialising in painting wildlife and classic cars using watercolour on board. Commissions taken.


6 works in paintingdrawings

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Leeds United Kingdom
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