The honey bee, the most efficient pollinator know to man, is shown bearing pollen, which is magnified to the right for a closer look. Below are diagrams of the honey bee’s specialized leg parts which are used for compacting and carrying pollen after it’s been gathered from the fuzzy body.
“Pollinator” accompanies Gary Nabhan’s article, “Honey, Don’t Forget the Pollinators,” in the Sept/Oct 2014 issue. Edible Communities gave this illustration an EDDY Award: “Critic’s Choice for Best Imagery, 2015.”
Pigmented inkjet print from digitally colored pencil drawing.