Department of Art & Art History

American Bumblebee (Bombus Pensylvanicus)

Artist: Laura Tranquilino

There are nearly 20,000 known species of bees. They are found on every continent in the world except for Antarctica. The American Bumblebee is of a species native to North America

Bees feed on several food plants, providing a variety of services for our ecosystem. The following are a list of ways they provide for our planet:

  1. The Pollination of foods in our area, such as almonds, blueberries, beans, tomatoes and several other commercial agricultural farms. Pollination  also helps with carbon sequestration by pollinating wild flowers.

  2. Bees also act as watchdogs for environmental change because, they of the precise habitat requirements. If these requirements aren’t met, the rest of the habitat will change quickly, being reflected in climate change


Colony Collapse Disorder: Random abandonment of the colony; leaving the queen to care for the young, even with large amounts of honey present. The reason is a specific insecticide called Neonicotinoide; a chemical similar to nicotine.

Fun Fact:
Bees stingers have a corkscrew stinger which, when given time  can unscrew out of your skin and keep the bee alive. A bee dies when its abdomen is pulled out when not given time to unscrew his cork stinger.

This router is located on the South Wall of Yolo Hall.