Here’s an interesting fact about bumblebees and pollen.

It seems that when bumblebees fly, their bodies build up a static electrical charge. Flowers are well-grounded (imagine that!), so when the bee lands on the flower, the pollen is electrically attracted to the fuzzy hair of the bee.

With all the pollen visible on this bee, there couldn’t have been much left in that hollyhock flower!

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Wynona

Interesting info about the pollen and electricity. I didn’t know that! And that’s an absolutely fantastic photo.

Mary O'D.

Wonderful photo!!! I’ve seen your other bee photographs and you sure have a talent for getting a great shot. You must be a very patient–and brave–person. I liked the facts about the pollen, too. Thanks for sharing!

Mario

Look at the detail in that wing! Amazing shot. And now I know why pollen sticks to bees (I always thought it just got rubbed into their fur). Thanks again for another wonderful nature shot!

Shirley (Choosing Voluntary Simplicity)

I thought that about the electricity and pollen was interesting, too, and I suppose it makes sense that flowers are well-grounded… although that bit of information amazes me.

SandyCarlson

That’s a great photo, and great info to boot! Thanks.

jams o donnell

Now I think of it, it shouldn’t be a big surprise but I never thought of it. Great shot.

Comedy Plus

Well, I didn’t know this and what a great picture depicting your explanation. :)

letha

That is a great photo

TheBlueDudes

Hmmm, that’s interesting to know about the static electricity – I’ve never heard that before.

SeaBird

Wow – great photo!!

And Miles To Go....

very simple and beautiful!!

Lori

Looks like someone is hungry;)

bluemountainmama

wow… i had no idea that’s how the bees retrieved the pollen. and how amazing that you captured that image!

honey bees have actually been disappearing in the last couple of years. whole colonies have gone missing. hopefully this is not a trend…..

kat

Great shot!

Nap Warden

Great photo, and I did not know that!

oldqueen44

Great picture

Katya

I love photographing bumblebees! They are so wonderful to work with…they don’t seem to get too upset by humans. Thank you for the wonderful lesson, as well! Great photo!!!

Yen

That is just a stunning photo! Love it:)
Mine’s up too!

zamejias [verb]

One of the best “nature” shots I found this afternoon!

Glennia

Excellent shot. I love the close-up nature shots.

willow

Great photo. :-)

Bodhipaksa

That’s a difficult shot to pull off!

Angela Klocke

Great perspective!