Nurturing Bumblebees

Expert details on what makes magnificent bumblebees the perfect pollinators.

The pollen is captured by the bumblebee’s fur. By grooming in flight, she’ll store it on her hind legs (visible as a tan lump in this photo) and carry it home to her young. The flowers have tell-tale brown bruising on the stamens, left by earlier bumblebees grasping with their jaws while buzzing for pollen.
Photo by Lew Stamp