Pollen grains on honey bee

Pollen grains on honey bee

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Caption: Scanning electron micrograph of unidentified pollen grains on the hairs of the face of a worker honey bee (Apis mellifera). The facial hairs of the honey bee are especially suited to gathering pollen; wedged amongst them, the pollen is carried from flower to flower. 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 & are lost. The bee 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. Magification X 280 8x10- inch size, X40 at 35mm size.

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

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