Bee and Flower Symbiosis. Photography and Text by Keith R Wahl

September 11, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

"He told them tales of bees and flowers..." J.R.R. Tolkien

A Bee and the Flower

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A Bee and the Flower 20220905 850_3334A Bee and the FlowerA bee harvests a flower's pollen by Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Bee at Work in A Flower

A Bee at Work in A Flower 20220905 850_3335A Bee at Work in A FlowerA bee harvests a flower's pollen by Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

A Bee's Work

A Bee's Work 20220905 850_3335AA Bee's WorkA bee harvests a flower's pollen by Indian Lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island

The relationship between bees and flowers is often taken for granted. In fact, it is almost an afterthought. In reality it is a symbiosis worthy of deeper consideration.

Bees are responsible for gathering pollen from the flowers. They land on with their tiny hairs, and later passing it onto the next flower it collects pollen from. This is not accidental or coincidental. Unlike beetles or flies who might cross pollinate by accident, bees intend to do so.

Pollen plays a vital role in the reproduction of life for both the flower and the bee. Pollen is a major part of the bee’s diet. When water Combines with the flower’s sugar, it creates nectar, which is also essential for bee’s survival. Nectar is a food source that provides energy for bees thrive on to travel from plant to plant. Hence, the energy source for pollination

Flowers rely on bees to cross-pollinate their female plants. When bees feed on the pollen, their body picks up excess via their pollen-collecting hairs. This pollen is then released when they land. Pollen act as the flower’s seed, which is mandatory for the survival of that flower species. And this continues this mutual life cycle.

 

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