Flowers Pose A Health Risk For Bees

Plants and Animals

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Kathy Keatley Garvey/UC Davis.

Just like humans, bees and other pollinators need to nourish their bodies to keep them going, requiring protein, carbohydrates, minerals, fats, vitamins and water. This is where their foliage foraging habits come in: flowers help bees to meet these nutritional needs by producing nectar and pollen, which the insects buzz around to collect as food.