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Honeybees and flowers

Bees and most flowering plants have developed a complex interdependence over millions of years. Bees have to find their food, which can be nectar or pollen, in flowers. Nectar is produced to attract bees. Pollen also attracts bees, but it has another function too: It is produced to ensure the next generation of plants. Each bee hair has a branched structure that makes it highly effective at catching pollen when they brush against the anthers of the flower. By moving from flower to flower, they assist in pollination.