Pollinator Love: Bat
Pollinator Love: Bat
8” x 10” digital print on 150# bamboo cover (100% tree free)
When possible, the artist does her best to uphold her commitment to sustainability beyond her art and into her packaging. Her small prints are packaged and shipped into eco-clear compostable bags. These bags are made with polylactide acid created from the lactic acid in plants and certified compostable.
This is a print from an original art illustration using ink and watercolor. In this series Megan focuses on telling the story of various pollinators. Each design features the nest or home of the pollinator, the pollinator itself, and the plants it pollinates. The specific bat featured here is the lesser long nosed bat. The plants featured (from left to right): saguaro, agave, organ pipe cactus
A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST: The only flying mammal on Planet Earth, bats provide numerous benefits to their ecosystems. Not all bats consume pollen, nectar, and fruits - in fact most consume a primary diet of insects (including nasty mosquitos). There are roughly 44 different species of bats living in the US and more than half are in decline or listed as critically endangered. Bats typically roost in caves, abandoned mines, and barns or areas where they can be protected from weather. Mothers give birth to one baby (pup) at a time. Due to the low reproductive rates and long generation times, bats are especially susceptible to habitat loss and disruption. For this poster, I researched the lesser long nosed bat, one of three native North American bats that eats fruit and nectar. This bat is crucial in the pollination of cactus and desert plants, which ensures a healthy desert ecosystem. While researching this piece, I learned these bats love to dine on the nectar of the agave flower (the same agave used to make tequila). Unfortunately, large tequila makers chop off the stalk that flowers to expedite the processing of the plant. When the ability to pollinate is removed, it not only threatens the pollinator, it threatens the entire crop. When there is no mixing or transfer of pollen from one flower another, this creates a field of homogenous genetics and allows one small, deadly disease to wipe everything out. This is another reminder to buy tequila in small batches and small farms, or better yet - try mezcal!