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These Fake Flowers Could Help Scientists Study At-Risk Bees

The devices pump real pollen, which bees can then carry to real plants.
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Symbiotic Relationship

Hobbies / Birding : Ecobirder

Bees and flowers have a symbiotic relationship. Flowers provide the bee with pollen, which they typically feed to their larvae, and food in the form of nectar. In return the bee will typically carry excess pollen which is stuck to t...

Velcro-Like Cells On Petals Help Bees to Keep Their Grip on Flowers

Lifestyle / Green Living : Inhabitat

A team of scientists from the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol have discovered that velcro-like cells on plant petals help bees to keep their grip while collecting pollen and prevent them from being blown away by the wind. The ...

Parasitized bees are self-medicating in the wild, study finds

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

Bumblebees infected with a common intestinal parasite are drawn to flowers whose nectar and pollen have a medicinal effect, a study shows. The findings suggest that plant chemistry could help combat the decline of bee species.

Threat posed by 'pollen thief' bees uncovered

Academics / General Science : ScienceDaily: Science Society

A new study has uncovered the secrets of 'pollen thief' bees -- which take pollen from flowers but fail to act as effective pollinators -- and the threat they pose to certain plant species.

Slow Motion Video Showing How a Bumble Bee Dislodges Pollen From a Flower

Humor / odd : Laughing Squid

Smithsonian Channel shows how a bumble bee dislodges pollen from a flower in a slow motion video. Buzz pollination is a special technique for dislodging pollen from certain types of plants – and bumble bees are among the few species...


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