The Bee Story

The Bee Story
Did you Know?
It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees, especially the domesticated European honey bee. In New Zealand scientists discovered that three genera of native bees have evolved to open flower buds of the native mistletoe Peraxilla tetrapetala. The buds cannot open themselves but are visited by birds such as the tui and bellbird which twist the top of the ripe bud. That action releases a mechanism which causes the petals to suddenly spring open, giving access to the nectar and pollen. However, when observing the native bees in the Canterbury province in the South Island, the scientists were astonished to see the bees biting the top off the buds, then pushing with their legs, occasionally popping open the buds to allow the bees to harvest the nectar and pollen, and therefore aid in the pollination of the mistletoe which is in decline in New Zealand.


See Also: Interesting Facts about

Heron Heron
White Throated Fantail White Throated Fantail
Worlds Fastest Camera Worlds Fastest Camera
The Bee Story Bee
Pitcher Plant Pitcher Plant
King Fisher and the Bullet Train Kingfisher
Black Drongo Black Drongo
Moon and Life on Earth Moon
Butterflies Taste By Their Feet Butterfly

This entry was posted in Bee, Food. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *