"Bee-eaters birds - Merops family".

Little  Bee-eater original painting by Juan Bosco
11,5 by 8 inches (29,5 x 21 cm)

Black Bee-eater original painting by Juan Bosco
11,5 by 8 inches (29,5 x 21 cm)

Blue cheeked  Bee-eater original painting by Juan Bosco
11,5 by 8 inches (29,5 x 21 cm)

Red Throated Bee-eater original painting by Juan Bosco
11,5 by 8 inches (29,5 x 21 cm)
Watercolor nº 1447:

The Meropidae family are the Bee-eaters ( Abejarucos at spanish). They are a family of 15 species, and today we have here the Little Bee-eater, the Black Bee-eater, the Blue Bee-eater and the Red-Throated Bee-eater. 

Painted with watercolors and pencil by Juan Bosco.

Signed: Juan Bosco JB ( Juan Bosco, the Painter of San Martin Arts & Crafts).

As the name suggests, bee-eaters predominantly eat flying insects, especially bees and wasps, which are caught in the air. While they pursue any type of flying insect, honey bees predominate in their diet.
Before eating its meal, a bee-eater removes the stinger by repeatedly hitting and rubbing the insect on a hard surface. During this process, pressure is applied to the insect thereby extracting most of the venom. Notably, the birds only catch prey that are on the wing and ignore flying insects once they land.
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Como su nombre indica, los abejarucos comen principalmente insectos, especialmente abejas y avispas, que capturan en el aire. Persiguen cualquier tipo de insecto volador, pero las abejas de la miel predominan en su dieta.
Antes de comer su comida, el abejaruco quita el aguijón golpeando repetidamente y frotando el insecto sobre una superficie dura. Durante este proceso, aplican  presión en el insecto extrayendo de este modo la mayor parte del veneno. Estas aves sólo atrapan presas que se encuentran volando , ignorando estos mismos insectos cuando se posan. 

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