pollen grains on face of worker honey bee

pollen grains on face of worker 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). The hairs on the body 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; 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. Magn- ification: X 20 at 35mm, X 140 at 8x10-inch size.

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

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