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ENY-150: Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in Honey Bees

Figure 2. Honey bees are important pollinators of the nation's crops. Pollen adheres to bees' bodies when they visit flowers (like this citrus flower in picture a). As they go from flower to flower, they transport the pollen between flowers, thus pollinating the flowers. Flowers that are adequately pollinated produce fruit (b), vegetables, or nuts. Higher fruit set, larger fruit, uniformly-shaped fruit, and better taste are all indications of successful pollination.

Credit: Sean McCann, University of Florida