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A Pollen Laden Bee

This direct color photograph print shows a bee, greatly enlarged, which was captured in a cactus flower. The pollen grains can be seen sticking to its hairy body, and the fact that, as it crawls into the next flower, some of this pollen will find lodgment on the sticky surface of a receptive stigma is easily realized. The bees gather pollen not only for distribution but for their own uses. The two large splotches of pollen shown beneath the second pair of legs are "pollen dough" which the bees carry home for food.

A Pollen Laden Bee

This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 1 Chapter 3