Bees & Pollen

The video of the pollen below is impressive. Look at all the different colours shared between the cells!

The bees have stored pollen by the type of flower which means each pollen has its own cell 🐝 The pollen of the beans is in one cell and the pollen of the thistle in another 🏵️ In the video here I think I see pollen from the following flowers:

Heather (Calluna vulgaris), Beans (Fabaceae), Common Knapweed (Centaurea nigra), Rosebay Willow Herb (Chamerion angustifolium), Devil’s Bit Scabious (Succsia ptatensis), Chives (Alium schoenoprasum), Honeysuckle (Lonicera), Raspberry (Rubus idaeus), Oxeye daisies (Leucanthemum vulgare), Asters (Aster), Common Thistle (Cirsium), Meadowsweet (Filipendula), Common Mallow (Malva sylvestris), Pumpkin and Courgette (Cucurbitaceae).

But why separate pollen in different cells? We don’t know. The honey bees have obviously separated the pollen you are looking at in the video for a very specific reason, but we still don’t understand why! This is why nature is special…There is still so much we can’t understand and although seeing a swarm of bees in flight will seem chaotic on the outside they have the most complex, detailed and efficient systems in the whole world!