> Bees don't pollinate tomatoes.
Well, not exactly true. Honeybees are not good tomato pollinators, but other bees, such as bumblebees do pollinate tomatoes.
But the best tomato pollinator is a bee that “sonicates” or “buzz pollinates” the flower. Bees, most often bumblebees in eastern USA, will land on the flower, pulling it down until the anther is vertical (thus getting gravity’s help) and then vibrating their wing muscles (and their entire bodies) to shake loose the pollen. The vibration causes the flower to resonate, and many grains of pollen are shaken loose. This drops onto the bee’s belly, which is also vibrating. Some of it will stick to the bee and be available for cross pollination when she visits a flower on another plant.
Bumblebee on a tomato blossom. Image linked from: pollinator.info
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