We put this bee in our Outdoor Gardens as a reminder of how important pollinating insects such as bees are to flowers – and to us humans.

Because plants can’t move (much) they reproduce by luring insects – and sometimes other animals – to take their pollen from flower to flower. They use colour, scent, shape and the sweet reward of pollen and nectar, to do this. Some flowers even have ‘runway lines’ to guide pollinating insects in.

Over a third of our food plants depend on pollinators to reproduce – providing us with fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Did you know?

  • Some insect/plant relationships are very specific. The orphium flower from South Africa is pollinated by a certain bee. It only releases its pollen when it feels the vibration provided by the note ‘middle C’. The bee’s wings change frequency to vibrate at middle C when they get to the flower.
  • Nectar contains more sugar than cola drinks and keeps those insects buzzing. Honey is a sort of regurgitated nectar.