Bee Pollination Explored

Updated: 28th April 2021

The subject of bee pollination, and pollinators generally, is prominent in headlines across the globe.

At this time, many bees and pollinators are experiencing declines, causing concerns about the impact on food production and eco-systems.

The links on this page explore the importance of bees as pollinators of different flowers and plants. Some explore related themes, such as how bees collect pollen, what pollen is, and whether we should purchase commercially reared bumblebees for our gardens for the purposes of pollination.

Common carder bumble bee on herb thyme flower.

Pages about pollination:

  • Bumble bee pollination
    Bumble bees are well known for flower and plant pollination in our gardens. This page explores some of the reasons why bumble bees are perfectly designed to be excellent pollinators.

  • Honey bees as pollinators Honey bees are the most commonly exploited bees for use in commercial pollination of farm crops and fruit trees. This page explores the reasons why. 

  • Introduction
    This page considers the monetary value that bees add to the global economy, although in reality, the value and importance of bees on the planet is immeasurable. All the different types of bees pollinate flowers, and here we look at some of them. 

  • Pollination Syndromes
    Bees are not the only pollinators: other insects, birds and mammals may also play a role.  How do plants attract their perfect pollinators?

  • Pollination Of Flowers
    An introductory explanation about how flowers are pollinated.

  • Insect Pollination
    Discover the important contribution of insect pollination.

  • The Plant Pollination Process
    Click here to learn more about the pollination process, as well as the different types of pollination.

  • Wind Pollination
    Which kinds of crops don't rely on insects or other creatures, and instead are pollinated by wind?  A description and diagram of the process.

  • What Is Pollen
    ....and what are it's uses?

  • What Is Bee Pollen?
    Some people use bee pollen as a health supplement. Personally, I am not convinced, but there is more information and links here.

  • Nectar Robbing
    Bees and other pollinators engage in nectar robbing and secondary robbing. 

  • Bumble Bee Foraging Behaviour
    Habits of bumble bees when foraging.

  • Foraging Range Of Bees
    You can also read more about this on my page about How Far Will Bees Fly?

  • Videos
    Beautiful videos of various creatures; bees, bats, butterflies, hummingbirds, pollinating flowers and food crops.

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