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honey bee pollen trap

Overhead view of a wooden tray from a pollen trap, held by the hand of a researcher. The bottom of the tray is nearly fully covered in a layer of small yellow and orange pollen balls.

A study of managed bumble bees and honey bees on a blueberry farm finds that most of the pollen they collect comes from other plants, suggesting that supplementing crops with a diversity of nearby plant types makes for healthier bees. A 10-frame superior pollen trap was used for pollen collection, in which bees enter their hive through a screen that knocks off their pollen balls, which gather in a tray, shown here. (Photo by Caitlyn Horsch)

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