Pollinator Love: Bumblebee

Pollinator Love: Bumblebee


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.

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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 flowers featured (clockwise from bottom left): clover, tomato, lavender, thistle, zinnia, cosmos, hollyhock, coneflower, phacelia, and borage.

A NOTE FROM THE ARTIST: There are roughly 40 bumblebee species in North America, with 26 known species native to California. The bumblebee is on steep decline due to a number of threatening factors including loss of habitat and commercial pesticide use. However, they are critical to the food we eat and are reared to pollinate crops such as tomatoes and cranberries.  They are particularly important in arctic and alpine regions as their extra hairy bodies allow them to stand colder temps than other bee species. Unlike honeybees, bumblebees nest in waxed pots (instead of building honeycomb) and are found in tall grasses or old mouse burrows. Like honeybees, bumblebees also make honey, but in much smaller batches and it’s primarily used to feed the young, rather than being stored for future use. Bumblebees use a cool technique called “buzz pollination” to pollinate flowers. They bite onto a flower and hang themselves from it, then quickly vibrate their bodies causing pollen to fall on their abdomen, which they collect and store on their hind legs as they fly around. Using this technique, bumblebees are able to pollinate much smaller blossoms, which is a treat to see considering the size of their huge bodies. Consider planting these (mentioned above) bumblebee friendly flowers in your garden. Just make sure to use organic seed and organic plants!