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Post  dixie on Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:10 am

I was wandering around in the garden when I should have been at my desk working & was fascinated by this bumblebee. I had never noticed the accumulation of pollen on one before. It's the pouch on his back legs. God is truly amazing.



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Post  kimbertangleknot on Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:26 am

To quote the Discovery channel:

The world is just awesome.
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WOW!!!

Post  Garden_State on Thu Jul 15, 2010 9:56 pm

Awesome pictures (especially the second one)

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Post  boffer on Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:02 pm

Awesome pictures of an amazing process
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Post  martha on Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:14 pm

that's great!

Don't you just want to pet him a little?
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Post  jtwenting on Fri Jul 16, 2010 1:27 am

And it's not a pouch either. The bumblebee (bees do the same thing) takes bits of pollen, and uses her saliva to make it into a mass around the hind legs.
Later, in the nest, it's used to build up the nest and/or feed the larvae.

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Post  1chichi on Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:44 am

Love your photography Such a miracle.
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Re: Busy as a bee

Post  dixie on Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:16 am

I watched him for a long time & saw him making the rounds with his front legs, mouth & back legs & that it wasn't a true pouch, I just couldn't think of a better word to describe it. I don't know how they keep getting pollen off of those poor zinnias. There are bumblebees, honeybees, several types of moths (probably all getting ready to lay eggs to hatch out & eat the rest of my garden), plus some really tiny bees working that little flower garden.
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Post  jtwenting on Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:09 am

here we just call it a pollenball Smile
And you'd be surprised how much pollen even a small patch of flowers can produce.

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Post  dixie on Mon Jul 19, 2010 9:18 am

Yesterday there were a pair of goldfinches eating the dried seed heads. I had planned on deadheading them, but now I'll leave them.
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Post  Retired Member 1 on Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:26 pm

Lovely pics. Thanks for sharing. And I too have been wondering how so many bees, butterflies, and hummers can get anything off the zinnias and marigolds I have left. But apparently they do. I'm deadheading most of the flowers today so hopefully they will keep blooming a bit longer. Next year the honeysuckle should be large enough to support the hummers and butterflies.

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Post  Ha-v-v on Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:38 pm

We have carpenter bees, they return every year to our deck to the same holes are make new ones Smile We love them !! I see the pollen they bring from our garden to the babies on the edges of the holes. Its awesome!! I love my bees.
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