What is pollen?
(Source: Wonders of Our World, W.O.W., The Ohio State University)
Pollen is the powdery dust in flowers that is used to make seeds. It is produced inside a flower (pollen grains come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and surface markings characteristic of the flowers). The transfer of pollen grains from one flower to another is called pollination. Pollen may be scattered by wind or water, but insects can also be pollinators. Plants attract insects to their flowers with bright colors and with food. For example, when a bumblebee sits on a flower looking for nectar, pollen will stick the bee's body. When the bee moves on to another flower, the pollen in transferred to the new flower. When pollen reaches a new flower, new seeds can grow, which will eventually grow into a new plant.