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Honey Bee

Dave Cheetham (May)

I noticed this honey bee buzzing around whilst walking down to the crag at Rhos Colyn, Anglesey.
I took a quick snap and carried on my way. It wasn't until I got home and looked at the photo on screen that I realised how much detail I'd captured.

You can clearly see the bee is covered in pollen grains, particularly along its hind legs. Their hind legs are covered with dense hairs in order to collect pollen and often referred to the 'pollen basket'. As the bee moves on from plant to plant it will transfer this pollen onto the 'stigma' of other flowers - without which they would be unable to bear seeds and reproduce .

But bees don't simply collect pollen by accident. When they are rearing a large brood they deliberately gather pollen along with nectar to feed the brood. Nectar provides the energy for bees whereas the pollen is a rich source of protein.

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