Answers to Your Questions

What is pollination?

Pollination is the transfer of pollen from the stamen of a flower to the stigma of the same flower or the stigma of another flower! You have a great diagram of the structure of a flower in your journal, and that is where you will see the stamen and stigma! Pollen rests on the anther of the stamen, and has no way to getting to the stigma on its own, but needs help, and that help comes in the form of wind or a pollinator.  Pollinators are much better at transferring pollen to the exact place it needs to go!  Keep your eyes open for the next question-answer post!

 

Which uses more pollen, wind or pollinators?

Wind! Because wind isn’t very good at delivering pollen to the exact right spot, plants that depend on wind must produce more pollen.  This pollen is then blown everywhere and anywhere, including all over us!  Plants that use wind for pollination make very light and dry pollen, so the wind can lift it easily and hopefully carry it to the proper location.

Do you have a stuffy, itchy nose lately? Well, now is the time that many trees are casting pollen in the currents of the wild winds of spring, and that is landing all over you causing allergies! Look for the yellow pollen dust on the ground, on lake surfaces, and on the windshield of your parent’s car.

If you open your eyes to the world around you, you’ll be amazed at what you might discover!

 

How many bees are there across the planet?

20,000 bee species exist on Earth!  Honeybees are not the only bees, and they happen to be the only ones that make honey! Most bees nest underground, and are solitary, meaning they work alone.  Honeybees are also the only bees that live through the winter, other species die in the fall.  The eggs they have laid all summer long will hibernate inside a cocoon until spring, and then they will repeat the cycle for another season.  Bees are actually pretty cool, and this topic could give you an endless amount of information to study for a lifetime!