A Deeper Level of Communication
Both the bees and blooms respond to the first warm, sunny day. It is fascinating to watch these fuzzy pollinators as they amble from bloom to bloom.
These busy bees are filling their pollen sacs with up to a million grains of pollen. Just look at the size of that yummy pollen.
Amazingly the bees could distinguish between different floral fields as if they were petal colors. The scientists are not sure how the bees detect the electric fields but one theory is that the electrostatic force makes their hair bristle. The plant's electrical potential changed when a bee visited the flower and remained that way for a few minutes. The thinking is that it may be the way the plant lets other bees know that it is temporarily closed for business and to come back in a little while.
Whether it is electrical fields, color, pattern or scent, the bees love these blossoms, even when they've fallen on the ground.
I'll wrestle you for some pollen!