"Pollination" - nature photography by Ram Vasudev
A honey bee doing its thing (pollination) in a flower meadow, back-lit by the morning sun. I was attracted to this composition by the bokeh of out-of-focus colorful flowers in the background.
Keywords: honey bee, pollination, flower, meadow, entomology, wildflower, apiology, environment, ecosystem, garden, closeup,
A honey bee is a member of the genus Apis, produces and stores honey and builds perennial colonial nests from wax. Honey bees represent a small fraction of the roughly 20,000 known species of bees. Bees are generalist floral visitors, and pollinate a large variety of plants. They have been used extensively for commercial pollination of crops and other plants. These pollination services are worth billions of dollars. Bees collect 66 lb of pollen per year, per hive.
Products produced by bees include honey, nectar, beeswax, pollen, bee bread and propolis. Honey is the complex substance made when the nectar and sweet deposits from plants and trees are gathered, modified, and stored in the honeycomb by honey bees as a food source for the colony. Nectar, a liquid high in sucrose, is produced in plant glands known as nectaries. It is an important energy resource for honey bees and plays a significant role in foraging economics and evolutionary differentiation between different subspecies. Beeswax is secreted by worker bees from a series of glands on their abdomens. They use the wax to form the walls and caps of the comb. As with honey, humans steel beeswax for various applications. Bees collect pollen and carry it back to the hive. In the hive, pollen is used as a protein during brood-rearing. Bee bread is a highly nutritional derivative, made from pollen by bees. Propolis (bee glue) is made from resins, balsams, and tree saps. It is used in tree cavities to seal cracks in hives.
Thanks to the following groups for featuring this photo:
(1) Wildlife one-a-day, 08/24/2015
(2) Wisconsin wildflowers and scenery, 08/24/2015
(3) Visions of spring, 08/24/2015
(4) Nature Photography, 10/16/2015
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August 22nd, 2015
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