Pollinator: Bee

While observing the plant below, I noticed a bee flying in and out of the flowers. I knew exactly what it was doing! Pollinating. As the bee is flying from flower to flower in search of nectar, it is carrying pollen with it as well. When it lands on a flower, it picks up pollen from an anther without even knowing it. By landing on another flower, the stigma captures the pollen, allowing for sexual reproduction. Though bees are the most common pollinators, they aren’t the only. An small insect that lands on plant to plant could also act as a pollinator. Believe it or not, wind and water could be pollinators, as well. To the bottom left of the ID, you can see the small bee as it is flying from flower to flower.


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