Bees play a critical role in the life cycle of plants by pollinating them. Michigan State University explains that pollination occurs when pollen from the male part of the plant fertilizes the female part of the plant. Bees pollinate plants by landing on the flowers, picking up pollen and then transferring it to other plants of the same species while they collect nectar.Continue Reading
Bees start pollinating plants by landing on flowers. Flowers are made specifically to attract pollinators with bright colors, sweet aromas and petals that create a landing platform. Flowers even give bees nectar, which they use to make honey, as motivation to visit.
Once bees land on flowers, they pick up pollen with the hairs on their bodies. They also use electrostatic forces to keep the pollen grains sticking to their bodies. They then brush the pollen from their bodies into specialized sacks.
Because bees gather nectar and pollen from one species of plant at a time, pollen gets transferred from flower to flower. This cross-pollination allows male pollen to be carried to the female parts of flowers for reproduction. In some species cross-pollination is necessary for reproduction and the production of seeds.
Bees generally mate at a collective mating site while flying in midair. The female bees typically mate with several male bees to collect all the sperm needed to last their entire lifetime. Male honeybees and some other species of bees die after the mating process, while other species of bees mate with multiple females.Full Answer >
Bees travel between 15 to 22 miles an hour when they fly. According to Hives for Lives, bees flap their wings approximately 11,000 times per minute just to keep their pollen-loaded bodies aloft.Full Answer >
Bees are very important because they are the leading pollinators in the world. Humans depend on pollinators to help produce food crops. These pollinated crops contribute to one-third of the world’s food supply, according to Nature.com.Full Answer >
Bees can see most colors aside from red. Bees sense wavelengths of light between 300 and 650 nanometers, allowing them to see in the ultraviolet spectrum. A human's vision, by comparison, detects wavelengths of light between 390 and 750 nanometers.Full Answer >