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A honey bee feeds on a zinnia flower

 Image Number D4114-1

As a honey bee, Apis mellifera, moves from flower to flower feeding on nectar, she is dusted with pollen from anthers (the male part of the flower), which adheres to the hairs of her body. The pollen also falls off her body and transfers to the pistil (female part of the flower), where it germinates and grows a pollen tube that reaches the ovary of the flower and fertilizes it.


Photo by Peggy Greb.


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