These photographs are included in my 2016/2017 Symbiosis Exhibition at Gettysburg College. Please click on the image for information and click on the image again for a larger view. All are available to purchase through this website.
[sim-bee-oh-sis] n. interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both.
Flowers, butterflies, bees…perfect examples of symbiosis. Butterflies and bees can’t live without flowers for nectar and plants need the insects for pollination so they can continue to flourish. What so many of us don’t realize is that humans also cannot survive without this symbiotic relationship. More than 90 percent of all plants need a pollinator to distribute pollen to set fruit and seeds and pollinated crops are the providers of the world’s fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and oils. The number of invertebrate pollinators going extinct is upwards of 40 percent in some areas due to pesticides and loss of habitat among other factors.