2018 AMI Online Salon

Nectar and Pollen Gathering of Bumblebees

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Alisa Brandt; Baltimore, Maryland
  • Client: David Rini, Tim Phelps, Jennifer Fairman, Ian Suk (Art as Applied to Medicine, JHU)
  • Copyright: © 2018 Alisa Brandt
  • Medium / software used: Graphite / Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Educational poster
  • Primary audience: General public

Project Description

Bumblebees are recognizable insects because of their fuzzy, friendly appearance. There is less appreciation, however, of their abilities as native pollinators of both wild and cultivated plants. This piece teaches the viewer about the specialized anatomical and behavioural characteristics that allow bumblebees to collect nectar and pollen efficiently. These traits include long feathery tongues, branched hairs, the “pollen basket”, and “buzz” pollination. In addition to researching and communicating several aspects of a scientific specimen, the project required successful integration of traditional and digital media. The central bumblebee, flower, and foreground stem and leaves are rendered in graphite, and the surroundings and insets are rendered in Photoshop.