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Bees & Pollen {InstaScience}

August 06, 2015 1 min read

Check out the legs on this bee - is it from his awesome muscles or from pollen? Click "Read More" to see facts, videos, and more!

Check out the legs on this bee!

It is not pumping iron, it’s packing pollen!

Literally hundreds of the tiny grains are resting on its pollen sacs waiting for the flight home. Bees have special combs on their front legs that they use to brush the pollen off their bodies and onto the sticky pollen sacs found on their hind legs.

From flower to flower, the pollen builds up giving the bee one fat, pumped-up hind leg!

Fun Fact – Bees tell each other where to find the pollen/nectar through a unique pattern of “dances” known as the waggle.

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