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Knowing your bees

Bees and flowering plants have evolved alongside each other, developing a mutually-beneficial relationship that goes a little something like this: plants serve up pollen (a source of protein) and nectar (a sugary carbohydrate) which the bees collect and feed on. In return bees spread the pollen, allowing the plants to reproduce.  There’s a huge diversity of bees – more than 250 species in the UK alone