Movie: Pollen carriers

The Australian native stingless bee or Sugarbag bee (Trigona carbonaria) carries pollen mixed with nectar so that it sticks to the hind legs in “pollen pouches”. The pollen is not suitable for fertilising flowers and only pollen grains accidently carried elsewhere on the body can result in pollination. The same is true for the introduced European honeybee (Apis mellifera)

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