Bumblebee Foraging

Miriam Jenkins

Bumblebee Foraging by Miriam Jenkins Here a common eastern bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) worker gathers pollen from a teasel (dipsacus fullonum) flower head. The plant receives a service from the bee by moving pollen that it releases onto flowers of other plant that bee may visit, a process called pollination that results in the plan reproducing. The bee benefits as well because it brings pollen back to the nest, carrying it in on its hind legs in little "pollen baskets" or corbiculae, where it will serve as the main source of protein for the developing larvae. Image captured with Nikon high-speed camera.
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