In others, such as bees, it makes a pollen basket - a 'naked,' bristle-free leg region that creates a space for packing pollen.
This important discovery can be used as a foray into more commercial studies focused on providing means to enhance a bee's pollination ability- the bigger the pollen basket, the more pollen that can be packed in it and transported back to the hive.
Africanized honey bees Apis mellifera present intense foraging activity in collecting pollen from plants, accumulating several grain-of-pollen in their pollen basket
, then forming pollen acorns.
Pollen from crop plants (GE or non-GE crop) can travel around all it wants--in gusts of wind, on the pollen basket
of bees, as cargo of flies or in the hands of human plant breeders--but unless the pollen alights upon a compatible mate, there will be no fertilization and therefore no seed.
In bumble bees, which are in the same family as honey bees, queens have pollen baskets
similar to workers.
After a foraging expedition, these `corbiculae', or pollen baskets
, can be seen stuffed full of bright orange or yellow pollen.