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Honey Bee Leg

Flowers tend to lend a helping hand to honey bees. The pollen grains of flowers most attractive to the bees are very sticky so the pollen will secure easily to their bodies. Also, many flowers provide a landing lip for the bees to sit on before diving into the flower's interior. Larkspur, monkshood, bleeding heart, and Scotch broom are some of the flowers that depend on bees for pollination. A large honey bee colony may collect over 1,000 pounds of nectar and pollen in one year, hence the idiom, "As busy as a bee."

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