Monday, November 28, 2011

Bee behaviour

Just watching the bees today and I saw they acted differently depending on whether they were collecting nectar or collecting pollen. The first picture shows a bee collecting nectar from a French lavender and the second, pollen from a Californian poppy. When the bees collect pollen they get right into the flower and roll around next to the stamens. I had read somewhere that the bees decide before they forage whether they are going to get nectar or pollen and eat more for the pollen collecting trips (which they often go further for) but I can't find the reference now. If anyone knows it can you let me know with a comment? Thanks.

bee collecting nectar

bee collecting pollen

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