Bumblebee on Thistle

A bumblebee does its pollen-gathering thing on a purple thistle blossom. The yellow spot is a “pollen basket” on her leg, stuffed full of protein-rich pollen that she will carry back to her hive (only female bees have pollen baskets). A recent study found that the sonic shock waves bumblebees create with their buzzing displaces pollen into the air, making its collection easier.

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