Pollen grains on honey bee

Pollen grains on honey bee

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of unidentified pollen grains on the hairs of the face of a worker honey bee (Apis mellifera). Wedged amongst the hairs, the pollen is carried from flower to flower as the bee flies about. Some grains rub off against the female stigmatic surface of the right species of flower, pollinating the plant; others rub off against the wrong species, or are lost. The bee also has a structure, called the pollen basket, on its hind knees; it combs the grains from its body with its front claws & transfers them to the basket. Magnification: X200 at 6X6cm, x156 at 6x4.5cm.

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Keywords: apis mellifera, bee, bees, botany, honey bee, insect-borne, nature, plant, plants, pollen, reproduction, reproductive, sem

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