Today I am happy to share my latest series featuring important but often overlooked pollinators. In this series, I am selecting endangered species and those that get a negative stigma for being "gross, scary, or creepy." I want to change the way people think about these living creatures and help them understand how beautiful and essential they are. I believe pollination is something we learn in school at a young age and then pretty much forget about when we are older. It's pollination that provides our huge bounty of food and creates healthy plants that grow stronger and more resilient to disease. It's pollination that creates a powerful symbiotic relationship between two living organisms that depend and rely on each other. I am inspired to convey these educational messages within my upcoming work to help people see the beauty that is and has always been here.
Each 8"x12" art piece will feature the pollinator, the home or nest they live in, and the flowers they pollinate. I am starting with the bumblebee whose numbers have been on a steep decline over the past few decades with the "rusty patch" bumblebee placed on the endangered species list for the very first time. Bumblebees nest underground in old rodent burrows or in tall, thick grasses. Their population is substantially smaller than honey bees and their nests are waxed pots instead of honeycomb. Worker bees collect pollen and nectar and produce small batches of honey that is fed to the young. The flowers featured here are clover, borage, phacelia, echinacea, hollyhock, cosmos, zinnia, thistle, lavender, and tomatoes. Did you know bumblebees are commercially used to pollinate tomatoes in hothouses?
Bumblebees are super fuzzy and not at all aggressive. Giving them a garden full of this variety of natural, organic flowers will allow you to witness pollination in action! Bumblebees often visit the same flowers when foraging. Connect with and enjoy all the gifts our planet has to offer! Let us love her the way she loves us ❤️ #bumblebee #pollination #pollinatorhero #insects #savetogether #scienceillustration #artivism #artistmegansara