Pollen and nectar - small tortoiseshell butterfly feeding on sea holly

What’s the difference between pollen and nectar?

Learn the difference between pollen and nectar, and how pollinators use them.

Most of us know that bees visit flowers to gather pollen and nectar to feed themselves and their young. But in order to provide the best range of flowers for bees and other pollinators, it’s a good idea to understand a bit more about the roles pollen and nectar play in bees’ lifecycles, and how we gardeners can best cater for them.

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