While collecting pollen (a source of protein they use to feed their developing offspring), some pollen is inevitably attracted to the hairs along the bee’s legs through the force of static electricity. As the bee travels from flower to flower, pollen is transferred from the bee from on flower to another. Bees are responsible for one third of the food that we eat through this process of pollination, so bees are very important – we have a lot to owe to these busy little insects! Flowers have a lot to owe to bees, too – without this process there would be no way for the flowers to reproduce!
When a bee lands on a flower, its feet will step into a groove that holds pollen sacs. These pollen sacs get stuck on the bee’s feet so the bee carries the sacs off when it flies off. When the bee lands on another flower, the pollen falls out of the sac and that is how a bee will pollinate a flower.
For much more information on this topic, you can check out previous GreenAnswer questions regarding bee pollination:
There are also some interesting articles relating to bee pollination:
You should also check out this great documentary on the recent honeybee population crisis. The pollination work bees do are a vital component of the fruits and vegetables we eat.
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