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Bicolored pollen pellets on a bumble bee

Yesterday, I saw this bumble bee foraging on a self-heal flower, Prunella vulgaris. The thing that stands out is the bicolored pollen pellets, orange fading into white. Although you can see bicolored pollen pellets frequently on bumble bees, you almost never see them on honey bees. Honey bees have very strong floral fidelity, which means […] Read more

Floral fidelity yields pure pollen pellets

Floral fidelity makes honey bees special. While many pollinators flit from one plant species to another, honey bees doggedly pursue flowers of a certain species. So when the new day dawns, Sue and Marianne, Betsy and Josephine grab their flight plans and wing out the front door. Sue is visiting dandelions, Marianne and Betsy are […] Read more

Wednesday wordphile: floral fidelity

Although honey bees are polylectic, which means they visit many different species of flowering plants, they also exhibit floral fidelity, which means that a bee visits only one kind of flower on any given foraging trip. If there are enough flowers of one type available, a honey bee will continue to visit that same kind […] Read more

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