In fact, honeybees have evolved with this “mission” in mind. When a honeybee lands on a flower, the hair on its legs and upper body attracts and holds the pollen grains.
Interestingly, honeybees tend to collect pollen from the same type of flower—one at a time. As a result, chances are increased that the pollen from one flower will be transferred to another of the same species. To encourage honeybees to cross-pollinate, nature has evolved flowers that attract honeybees with nectar — a combination of water and sugar produced by plants.
As you tour the garden, you will see the honeybees busy at work!
Did you know?
- Honeybees are the only insect in the world that make food that humans can eat.
- Honeybees can fly 24 km in an hour at a speed of 15 mph. Their wings beat 200 times per second or 12,000 beats per minute.
- Honey was found in the tombs in Egypt and it was still edible! Honeybees have been here around 30 million years.
- Between three to six weeks after taking its first flight, the average honeybee works itself to death, literally falling over from exhaustion.