Wednesday, April 6, 2011
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, insects pollinate 1/3 of the food we eat, and honey bees pollinate 80% of that. So, nearly every third bite you eat comes to you because of the honey bees’ hard work.
But wait a minute…what is pollination, anyway?
Pollination is very simple – it’s just the transfer of pollen from one flower to another flower of the same kind. When this transfer takes place, the flower is able to produce fruit and seeds. This means that strawberries and watermelons and cucumbers oranges are flowers first, and the only reason we can enjoy their fruits is because they were pollinated – probably by a honey bee! Here are a few pictures of the flowers that some of your favorite foods came from:
Photo courtesy Big Tree Farms
Photo courtesy www.jomaloniac.com
Photo courtesy www.grit.com
Photo courtesy http://www.justalmonds.com/
|Bees on a truck - can you see the hives|
beneath the netting?
Photo courtesy http://www.georgiabees.blogspot.com/