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Honeybees Are Pollinators
   
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Honey Bees are an important part of pollination for some flowering plants.
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Flowers are important in making seeds. Flowers can be made up of different parts, but there are some parts that are basic equipment. The main flower parts are the male part called the stamen and the female part called the pistil. The stamen has two parts: anthers and filaments.  
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The anthers carry the pollen. These are generally yellow in color. Anthers are held up by a thread-like part called a filament. The pistil has three parts: stigma, style, and ovary. The stigma is the sticky surface at the top of the pistil; it traps and holds the pollen. The style is the tube-like structure that holds up the stigma. The style leads down to the ovary that contains the ovules.
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Bees land on a flower to drink its sweet nectar. Their legs (which have pollen baskets) touch the anthers and collect pollen. They then fly to another flower in search of more nectar.
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Their legs are full of pollen from flowers they have landed on previously.
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The pollen that is on their leg is then deposited (dropped off and left behind) on another flower that they land on.

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And yet others. This process is called pollination. The pollen from one flower species is transferred to another flower from that same species and the process to begin seed making starts. 

The result...
  • More flowers of the same kind are made and the life cycle of that flower begins again. 
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