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Bee grateful this Thanksgiving for native pollinators

Many people do not realize that native bees have been pollinating the continent’s flowering plants long before honey bees were brought from Europe.

As bees move from flower to flower collecting nectar, they also move pollen from flower to flower. Pollination occurs when pollen grains from a flower’s male parts (anthers) are moved to the female part (stigma). Once on the stigma, the pollen grain grows a tube that runs down into the ovary, where fertilization occurs.

Bees, both honey bees and native bees, are crucial to the production of most fruits, nuts and berries on which people and wildlife depend.

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Bee grateful this Thanksgiving for native pollinators

Many people do not realize that native bees have been pollinating the continent’s flowering plants long before honey bees were brought from Europe. As bees move from flower to flower collecting nectar, they also move pollen from flower...

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