Bee pollination

Bee pollination

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Caption: Pollination. Macrophotograph of a female virescent green metallic bee (Agapostemon virescens) on an orange hawkweed, or devil's paintbrush, flower (Hieracium aurentiacum). Insects such as this bee feed on the sugary fluid (nectar) and pollen found in flowers. The bee is attracted to the flower by its bright colouration. By reaching inside the flower to gather the nectar with its tube-like proboscis, the bee may become dusted with pollen (yellow). The bee may also brush pollen from another flower onto this flower's reproductive organs causing cross-pollination. Photographed in Ludlow, Massachusetts, USA. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: agapostemon virescens, bee, bees, botany, flower, hieracium aurentiacum, honey bee, macrophotograph, massachusetts, nature, orange hawkweed, plant, plants, pollen, pollination, reproduction, reproductive, usa, virescent green metallic bee

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