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Bee pollinating a flower, artwork

Bee pollinating a flower, artwork

C018/0297

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Credit

CLAUS LUNAU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CLAUS LUNAU / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Bee pollinating a flower. Sequence of artworks showing how a bee (left) lands on a flower to drink nectar (centre left), brushing up against the pollen-bearing anthers. As the bee moves around, the pollen grains (purple spheres) are transferred (pink arrow, centre) to the carpel (stigma and style) of the flower. The carpel is sectioned in the third and fourth artworks, with a pollen tube growing downwards (second pink arrow) to reach the flower's ovary and fertilise the ovule (brown). This forms seeds (red, fourth artwork) for a new plant (fourth artwork). The fifth (sectioned) and sixth (non-sectioned) artworks show the fruit (red) that forms around the seeds.

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