Pollen on honeybee face

Pollen on honeybee face

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph of unidentified pollen grains on the hairs of the face of a worker honey bee, Apis mellifera. The hairs on the face of the honey bee are especially suited to gathering pollen; wedged amongst them, 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. 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: x120 at 35mm size, x175 at 6x4.5cm size.

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

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