Amazing close-up photography: A spoonful of honey in the making
A bee pollinates an orange blossom in northern Israel.
A bee gets pollen on itself while eating lunch on an orange blossom in Netanya, an Israeli city on the Mediterranean coastline. Bees feed on energy-rich nectar, and they eat pollen for its protein and other nutrients. In the process, they get pollen on themselves and spread it to other flowers, which helps plants reproduce.
Bee pollination, while very important for the environment, including the food we eat, is on the decline because of pesticides and other environmental issues. Up to 30% of bees have been dying each year for about a decade, which is causing problems for plants, animals and humans, who depend on bees to pollinate crops.
Luckily, scientists are starting to come up with solutions to save the bees.
“By identifying where pollination is most critical for meeting nutritional needs, we can prioritize where to direct future research and conservation efforts,” explained Dr. Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, a landscape ecologist at Stanford University.
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