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Is the relationship between a plant and its pollinator mutualistic?

Plants and their pollinators form a mutualistic relationship, a relationship in which each benefits from the other. In the plant-pollinator relationship, the pollinator benefits by feeding on food rewards provided by the flower, primarily nectar and pollen.

What is the relationship between bees and plants?

Bees fly from flower to flower gathering nectar, which they make into food, benefiting the bees. When they land in a flower, the bees get some pollen on their hairy bodies, and when they land in the next flower, some of the pollen from the first one rubs off, pollinating* the plant. This benefits the plants.

Why is the relationship between a flowering plant and its pollinator considered mutualistic?

In mutualistic relationships between flowers and their pollinators, flowers benefit by having their pollen efficiently distributed to other flowers of the same species, allowing them to reproduce. Pollinators benefit by feeding on the nutritious pollen and nectar that flowers provide.

How do bees transfer pollen from one plant to another?

When a bee lands on a flower, the hairs all over the bees’ body attract pollen grains through electrostatic forces. Stiff hairs on their legs enable them to groom the pollen into specialized brushes or pockets on their legs or body, and then carry it back to their nest.

What does pollen do for bees?

Pollen, in the form of bee bread, is the honey bee’s main source of protein and it also provides fats/lipids, minerals, and vitamins. The protein that pollen provides is vital to brood production and the development of young bees.

Where do bees get pollen in early spring?

Crocus. Crocus is considered one of the heralds of Spring. A crocus piercing through the February and March snow is a common sight in both Europe and North America. It is pollen-rich and gives the bees the much-needed boost in the first Spring days.

Does royal jelly help hair growth?

The protein and other vitamins in royal jelly can boost hair growth. This treatment can help eliminate dandruff and also make your hair shine.

What does royal jelly consist of?

Early on, all bee larvae are fed a substance called royal jelly, which is a gelatinous substance produced in the head glands of ‘nurse’ bees. Royal jelly is composed of approximately two-thirds water, one-eighth proteins, 11 per cent simple sugars, small quantities of Vitamin C and various trace minerals and enzymes.

What is royal jelly good for?

Royal jelly is used for asthma, hay fever, liver disease, pancreatitis, sleep troubles (insomnia), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), stomach ulcers, kidney disease, bone fractures, menopausal symptoms, skin disorders, and high cholesterol.