Creative Applications for Learning Environments Lab

Apples Electronic Field Trip to an Orchard

Field Trip MenuClassroom ActivitiesWritten Materials

Fruit Trees Need Bees

You saw in the Field Trip that honeybees play a critical role in pollinating fruit trees.  Flowers must be pollinated so fruit may form.  Orchard owners turn to honeybees for pollination because they are dependable pollinators that work in less than ideal conditions and will continue to revisit the same blooming orchard so the owner can be certain an adequate number of blossoms have been pollinated.

BeeBee Anatomy

In the Field Trip, you learned which of these parts were most critical for pollination.  Which parts are actually involved directly in the pollination of a flower?  Do you remember how?  What role do the pollen baskets play for the bee?  Why does the bee fly from flower to flower?  We know that pollinates the flowers, but what does it do for the bee?