Cross Pollination

So now that we've got a handle on the basic anatomy of a bee, we wondered how the process of pollination actually occurs? Here's the technical definition:

  1. Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flowerby pollinating animals such as birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths, beetles, animals, or by the wind.

  2. The transfer of pollen in and between flowers of the same species leads to fertilization, and successful seed and fruit production for plants.

  3. Pollination ensures that a plant will produce full-bodied fruit and a full set of viable seeds.

     

Speaking of pollination
Did you know that bumble bee's actually "bumble" inside of flowers to knock the pollen onto it's back?! Very effective and very cute.

And for extra credit...
When deciding what to plant, check out the bloom times listed and try to space out your blooms so the pollinators have continuous pollen all season long. Those lil buddies will thank you and so will we!

Here is a list of beneficial plants for Minnesota Bee's.