Western Honeybee

Western Honeybee drinking nectar on an Antelope Horns Monarch Milkweed plant along the Kirby Dam Road. Western honeybees were brought to North America in the 1600s and are now the most important pollinator species for agriculture globally. The bee shown here may accidentally have a bundle of milkweed pollen stick to one of its legs while drinking nectar. When the bee visits the next plant it may deposit the pollen bundle on the female parts of the flower as it drinks nectar. Milkweeds are critical for the Monarch’s survival. More on Kirby’s milkweeds and insect inhabitants in upcoming posts! #DoctorBot #LakeKirby

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