Andreia d'Almeida - Common vole and its nest

Name and surname: Andreia d'Almeida


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Country: Portugal 

Title: Common vole and its nest - Microtus arvalis

Description: The common vole frequently inhabits dense forests, such as meadows, and agricultural fields, mainly those planted with cereals. Their preferred food is grass and agricultural crops.
Their reproduction takes place throughout most of the year, and each female give birth to 3 to 8 juveniles, which are capable of reproducing before they are three months old. Their numbers are considerable high. However, they serve as the main food source of a variety of predators, like mammals and birds.
Their habits are mainly nocturnal, but, in quiet places with tall and thick grass, they have some daytime activity, hiding in the surroundings.
They perforate the ground in all directions by small burrows, which communicate underground and form a gigantic labyrinth.

Category: Nature illustration

Technique: Mixed Media – Watercolor on paper and digital illustration
Artificial intelligence: No
Size: 30x42cm
Year: 2022