Every living thing across the planet is interconnected in some way, shape or form. We all have a role to play and that role contributes to the functioning of the planet to make sure that it remains healthy and in balance. We all have a job to do and that job needs to be done so that other people are able to do their jobs.
Bees and how bees pollinate is one of the important processes that happen in order to make sure that things are working the way that they need to be. It is one of those things that happens out of sight of most people and they do not realize the importance of why and how bees pollinate.
Many people think of bees as something they may be allergic to or an annoyance when they are hanging out by the pool. They are something they watch out for making sure they and the kids don't get stung while they are outside. Bees and other pollinators are incredibly important to the earth.
Pollinators help to pollinate 30% of the crops that people harvest and 90% of the wild flowering plants on the planet. They serve a real purpose that allows people to be able to eat the fruits and vegetables that they love.
A Little Background About Bees
There are tens of thousands of bee species across the world. They are present on all the continents around the world, except for Antarctica, and they are found in any habitat that has flowering plants that need to be pollinated.
There are a lot of different types of bees, and they all live interesting lives. They are all related. They all have different characteristics that distinguish them from one another, and they also have things in common.
Many bees live in hives, and they have an organized colony where every member has a specific job to do within the colony. Many people are not aware that not all bees live this way. They do not all live in hives or colonies. There are some who live solitary lives where the female makes a nest, and she mates with a male. Then she lays her eggs and raises her young on her own. There are a couple of things that most bee species have in common though.
Their diet consists of pollen and nectar from flowering plants, depending on their dietary needs. They eat nectar when they need energy because it is a sugar-based substance. The pollen is where they get their protein from when they are looking for more well-rounded nutrients. They may also mix the two as well to get both. Bees that make honey do so to store food for later on during the year when the plants are not flowering, and the pollen and nectar are not readily available.
Role in Ecosystem
The other things that most bee species have in common is that they are pollinators. They serve such an important purpose around the world, and the funny thing is, most people don't even realize how important that process is. It is the reason the planet is able to sustain all the different plant species it does. It is also an important relationship between the plants and the bees.
How Bees Pollinate
To understand how bees pollinate, you must first understand the process of pollination itself. Pollination is the sexual reproduction process of all flowers and flowering plants. These plants include most of the fruits and vegetable that people eat on a daily basis. Everything from apples and pears to pumpkins and berries all require pollination. Almost any plant that produces a flower will need to be pollinated.
Pollination and how bees pollinate is how these plants reproduce. The male part of the flower is known as the stamen, and it consists of two different parts. There is the filament and the anthers. The filament is the part of the stamen that supports the anthers, and the anthers are the parts that carry the pollen.
The anthers are the part of the flower that the bees rub up against when they are feeding on the nectar. The pollen then becomes stuck in all the hairs that are located on a bee's body, and they carry that pollen from flower to flower.
The female part of the flower is called the pistil, and it consists of three different parts. This is the center of the flower, and the top part is called the stigma. This is the part of the flower that is sticky so that the pollen will stick to it.
The style is the part that holds the stigma up so that it can catch the pollen as the bee and other pollinators (like wind and other insects) bring it into the flower. At the base of the pistil is the ovary that holds the ovules where the pollen must go in order for reproduction to happen.
How bees pollinate is also dependent on the things that the flowers do to guarantee pollination. Bees are attracted to certain colors and scents and this is why flowers are colorful and smell good. Bees are most attracted to the colors of blue and yellow and they are unable to see red at all. Bees are able to see ultraviolet light so the flowers that are not of attractive colors will contain pigments that will reflect ultraviolet light in order to attract the bees.
One of the interesting parts of how bees pollinate is their loyalty to an area and a type of plant. Once bees have located an area that is rich in a food source they will stay loyal to that particular group of plants in that area until the plant is no longer flowering. They will only visit one type of flower during a foraging trip. This is a great natural adaptation that suits the bees and the plants. The bees will continue to use that one source so that they know there is an available source, and it ensures that the plant is going to be properly pollinated with other plants of the species.
How bees pollinate is also an example of how hard they will work to get nectar and, thus, how hard they work for the flowers. Bees can fly at around 20 miles an hour when they are out and about on a foraging venture. They can also visit around 100 flowers per trip, and they conduct around 10 trips a day. This equals about 1000 flowers a day that a single bee will visit. If a swarm of 10,000 bees a day leave a hive, that is a million flowers a day that have been visited, and possibly pollinated, by bees.
The Importance Of Pollination
One of the first things that comes to mind, when considering why pollination is so important, is the importance of fruits and vegetable to the diet of people and animals across the world. From the animals in the wild to humans, to the domesticated animals we depend on for meat and dairy products, the pollination of plants is a process that impacts them all. It is the reason we can have a diverse range of plants to eat and to feed our children. It is the pollinators like bees, birds, and bats that make that process possible.
Pollination is also important to the flowers themselves. It helps to guarantee that they do not going extinct and so that there is plenty of genetic diversity within a species. It is also a way that plants are able to cross-pollinate and new species are created with heartier traits. It allows for a great diversity and strong plants to continue to grow around the world. Pollination is a process that is important to all the different parts of the food chain whether it is directly or indirectly.
In a time when we are becoming more aware of taking care of the planet and the way in which we all affect one another, we have a deeper understanding of the importance of every species. They all serve a purpose that is important to everything else in the world. One of the things that we have discovered is that the population of bees across the world is decreasing just like the wild populations of every other type of animal.
Whether it is global warming or habitat destruction, there is a need to save the bee populations around the world. It has even gotten to a point where people have created an industry where they will rent out their bees to farmers so that they can guarantee the pollination of their crops. They are hiring beekeepers to bring their beehives so that they can roam their fields and do what they do. This is a sign that the bees need to be studied in such a way that allows us to restore their populations to healthy levels.