How does pollination occur
Bees as pollinators
The process of pollination
All flowering and seed plants must be pollinated for propagation. For this reason, plants have evolved accordingly in order to encourage pollinators with different scents and flower colors to take in pollen and nectar. Similarly, pollinating insects were perfectly prepared for their task by nature. The honey bee, for example, has a thick fur to which pollen (pollen) sticks every time it visits flowers. When the bee visits the next flower, pollen sticks to the sticky stigma, the receiving organ, and fertilization can take place.
Honeybees compared to other pollinators
Even if many other insects are on the move when it comes to pollination, the honeybee comes in first place - especially when it comes to cultivated plants. No wonder, after all, bees and plants had more than 100 million years to adapt perfectly to one another.
Honey bees are
- extremely adaptable and visit a large number of different flowers.
- blooms steady, that is, honeybees always stay true to one type of flower during a collective flight.
- perfectly organized (special collectors only take care of bringing in the costume).
- Superior to solitary insects thanks to their large numbers.
- able to communicate. With certain bee dances they pass on the position to a food source with astonishing accuracy.
- Working tirelessly: a bee has to fly out around 40,000 times to collect a liter of nectar, which ultimately yields around 500 grams of honey.
- diligent. A bee flies out up to 30 times in a day and visits 200-300 flowers in one flight.
- able to hibernate as a colony. A healthy people starts the new year with around 4,000 - 8,000 workers.
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