Bees need to forage for both pollen and nectar. So, what’s the difference?
Nectar is a sugar-rich, high energy fluid produced by plants to attract pollinators. It’s a source of energy and the origin of the sugars in honey.
Pollen is a powdery substance containing the reproductive material of the plant. It’s high in protein, carbohydrates and various nutrients and is used by bees in numerous ways to feed the hive.
Some plants make lots of pollen and little accessible nectar, some do the opposite, and some plants supply a bit of both.
While wattle flowers produce no nectar (its nectaries, or nectar stores, are located on the leaves), they supply bees with lots and lots of protein-rich pollen. Note the #pollenpants on the lovely girl in this photo.
I will miss the sea of wattle yellow, as I’m sure the bees will too! 📷: #fritzsphotos #fritzisalegend