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This Designer's 3D-Printed Flowers Could Help Insect Pollinators in Cities


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While the side effects of city living on humans tend to be more stress-related (thanks, tourists), urban environments can actually be detrimental to insect populations, which are declining worldwide. So to help insects living in cities, Netherlands-based designer Matilde Boelhouwer of Atelier Boelhouwer has come up with a potential solution: self-sustaining artificial flowers that can feed insect pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. To learn more about the project, Green Matters spoke with Boelhouwer via email.

As reported by Fast Company, Boelhouwer's project is titled Insectology: Food for Buzz. On her website, Boelhouwer explains the project as "a series of artificial ongoing flowering flowers to serve as an emergency food source for the 'big 5 of pollination': bees, bumblebees, hoverflies, butterflies and moths."