Living With Pollen

Bumblebee

We can watch bumblebees enter a series of flowers and fly home with the pollen baskets on its hind legs brimming with pollen. How is pollen collected? Pollen is produced by the anthers of flowers. Upon entering a flower, a bumblebee will use its legs and mandibles to scrape the pollen off the anthers and onto the hairs of its body. It then grooms the hair with its legs and packs the pollen into the basket. If the amount of pollen is not satisfactory, the bee will buzz, rapidly…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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