Honeybees: The Great Pollinators
If it weren't for honeybees and other bee species, a third of the world's food supply would cease to exist. These wonderful creatures are responsible for pollinating plants and crops, providing humans with food and beautiful flowers.
But where do they put the pollen that they collect from the plants? Does it stick to their hair? Do they carry a little basket wherever they go? Actually, they do.
The Bee's Awesome Knees
When a bee lands on a flower, it gets covered with yellow, powdery stuff. Even a bee needs to look its best, so it begins to groom its hair using the small combs on its hind legs.
It doesn't stop there.
The bee collects the powdery goodness and moves it to the segments between its legs – the knees! This area has a small, con-caved space that's covered with tiny hairs, creating a basket for all the yummy powder. As the bee collects more of its tasty food, the basket grows bigger and bigger.
Can you see the basket? Yes, yes you can!
If you look closely at a bee, you may see a fleshy ball on one or both rear legs. Because the basket is transparent, the yellowy powder shows through and creates a fleshy color. When the baskets are full, the bee returns home to deliver the daily goods.
Why Do Bees Collect Pollen?
They may have small stomachs, but honeybees and other species need food to eat and to feed their young. Whether it's the yellowy powder on plants or the nectar inside flowers, they collect it during the day and bring it to the colony before night falls.
Bumblebees, honeybees and other bees love to eat pollen and nectar. Some species even use these ingredients to make honey, beeswax and more.
Not all species make honey, but it doesn't make them any less important to people and the environment. Every bee has its place in the world, and Beescause wants to spread the news about our tiny, flying neighbours.
If you want to bring these beneficial insects to your lawn and garden, consider planting many different flowers and using organic methods to preserve the species, or foster a hive in your yard today!