SEM of pollen grains of the Ivy

SEM of pollen grains of the Ivy

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of pollen grains of the ivy, Hedera helix, in a pollen basket on the hind knee of a worker honey bee (Apis mellifera). The pollen basket is an open basket formed of long, curved hairs. The bee uses its front claws to comb the pollen from its body after a foraging expedition into a flower; the pollen is moistened and transferred to the basket. As the bee flies on to a neighbouring flower, the pollen in the basket may rub onto the stigmatic surfaces within the flower's petals, making fertilisation of the plant possible. Magnification: X 215 at 35mm, X 1500 at 8x10-inch size.

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Keywords: apis mellifera, bee, botany, hedera helix, honey bee, insect-borne, ivy, nature, plant, plants, pollen, pollen basket, reproduction, reproductive

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