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This is my second picture in the series of Pollination.
Pollination is an important step in the reproduction of seed plants: the transfer of pollen grains (male gametes) to the plant carpel, the structure that contains the ovule (female gamete). The receptive part of the carpel is called a stigma in the flowers of angiosperms and a micropyle in gymnosperms. The study of pollination brings together many disciplines, such as botany, horticulture, entomology, and ecology. Pollination is important in horticulture because most plant fruits will not develop if the ovules are not fertilized. The pollination process as interaction between flower and vector was first addressed in the 18th century by Christian Konrad Sprengel.
Honey bee and pollination
Honey bees travel from flower to flower, collecting nectar (later converted to honey), and pollen grains. The bee collects the pollen by rubbing against the anthers. The pollen collects on the hind legs, in dense hairs referred to as a pollen basket. As the bee flies from flower to flower, some of the pollen grains are transferred onto the stigma of other flowers.
Nectar provides the energy for bee nutrition; pollen provides the protein. When bees are rearing large quantities of brood (beekeepers say hives are "building"), bees will deliberately gather pollen to meet the nutritional needs of the brood. A honey bee that is deliberately gathering pollen is up to ten times more efficient as a pollinator than one that is primarily gathering nectar and only unintentionally transferring pollen.
For record, this was shot at "De Hortus" in Amsterdam.
Hope you ppl will like it
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Fantastic close up.
- Murali Santhanam
- [2007-07-16 10:19]
Hi Goutham. a very good shot of the Bee. the detail and colour is first class.sharp focusing. with a nice POV/ DOF. good notes too.
it's so lovely, the colours so sunny and the bumblebee so busy.
Very pretty shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda
beautiful colors and very nice DOF!
- [2007-07-17 2:16]
Goutham, nice closeup. I love the tiny hair standing out in the picture. TFS Ganesh
- [2007-07-17 2:57]
Incredible! What a perfection on details!!
I love those colors, both of flowers and bumblebee. Magnificent sharpness, POV and composition.
Congratulations and thank you very much for sharing, Goutham.
- [2007-07-17 5:32]
Very crisp'n clear! Great detail and colors! Well done!
Dear Goutham, Nice combination of colour, TFS. with best regards.vab.