Bee and Pollination Facts
Almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination. That is why pollinators such as bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, birds and more are so important.
A pollinator is anything that helps carry pollen from the male part of the flower (stamen) to the female part of the same or another flower (stigma).
- Pollen is carried by insects or blown by the wind from one flower to another. This process is called pollination.
- Pollen reaches the new flower and travels to the ovary where it fertilises egg cells (ovules) to make seeds. This is fertilisation.
- The seeds are scattered by animals or the wind. This process is called dispersal. Some of the seeds will grow into new plants.
Fun Bee Facts:
- Bees have four life stages: egg, larvae, pupae, and adult.
- Honey bees pollinate approximately one third of the food we consume.
- The name 'Melissa' is derived from the Greek word for honey bee.
- Honey bees make honey from pollen and nectar collected from flowers.
- All sorts of fruit and vegetables are pollinated by honey bees, such as broccoli and squash, apples and almonds.
- Honey has a virtually eternal shelf-life if kept sealed and apparently honey found in the pharaohs' tombs in Egypt was still edible after 3,000 years