Saturday, December 3, 2011

Symbiotic Relationship

Bees and flowers have a symbiotic relationship. Flowers provide the bee with pollen, which they typically feed to their larvae, and food in the form of nectar. In return the bee will typically carry excess pollen which is stuck to the tiny hairs on their feet and body, which will often fall into the next flower that they are feeding on thus pollinating the plant so that it can produce seeds. This type of symbiosis, between two different species for the benefit of both, is called mutualism.

11 comments:

Modern Mom said...

Fabulous shot!

Cosmos

SquirrelQueen said...

Great capture of the bee in flight!

Jama said...

WOW! a gorgeous macro!

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Giga said...

Bardzo ładne zdjęcie i śliczne ujęcie. Czasami też mi się uda "złapać" aparatem owady. Jak masz ochotę to zajrzyj do mojego posta
" Wspomnienia pszczółki". Usuwałam swoje komentarze, bo miałam problemy z umieszczeniem linka do tego posta. Mam nadzieję, ze teraz będzie dobrze. Jeżeli nie to z góry przepraszam.Pozdrawiam
http://giga-wszystkooogrodnictwie.blogspot.com/2011/10/wspomnienia-pszczoki.html

Genie said...

They definitely have a symbiotic relationship...and this photo expresses it beautifully. The lighting in the shot is perfection, and the bee appears to be fluttering his wings. What a fabulous capture. Wonderful. genielogypen

Anonymous said...

How would you describe the difference between this relationship of mutualism and one of co-evolution? Your post is very timely for me.

Thanks.

Anne

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