I found a desiccated carpenter bee this m morning when I was cleaning my studio. What a lucky find! It was a rare chance to really see one of these creatures-- its body was covered with velvety fur, and its wings were as shiny as patent leather. The rest of these I picked up walking up and down the block this afternoon. It was too humid and warm to do much of a walk, and the woods are a misery of mosquitoes. But there were a surprising number of things to pick up and bring home to draw inside.
I realize number 4976 doesn't really look like a pecking chicken, but it looks like one to me, my fetish rock of the day.