Bumblebee & Blueberry Plant – A Coloring Page about Mutualism


Here’s a line drawing celebrating the wonderful partnership that exists between Bumblebees and Blueberry Plants. If we’re using scientific terminology, we might describe this as a mutualistic relationship. Both creatures benefit from their interactions. The blueberry in the illustration is a lowbush blueberry, Vaccinium angustifolia, and the bumble bee is Bombus terrestris.

This activity page can function as a restful, contemplative art project for students who are studying the coevolution of pollinators and flowering plants. It can be offered to younger students who are just learning about the complex beneficial relationships that have evolved between various insects (and other animals) and plants. Students can use colored pencils, crayons, or watercolors to add beautiful colors to these line drawings. Alternately, they can use the illustration as a reference as they create their own free-hand drawings or paintings of these fascinating partners: bumblebees and blueberry plants.

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