Light micrograph of the tongue of a honey bee

Light micrograph of the tongue of a honey bee

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Light micrograph of the tongue or glossa of a honey bee, Apis mellifera. The tongue forms the tip of the bee's proboscis, which is located in a deep groove beneath the head. The proboscis is used for sipping nectar and honey, which flow up a groove in the underside of the tongue and into the mouth. The tiny trangular organ at the tip of the tongue is known as the labellum. Magnification: x70 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: animal, apis mellifera, bees, glossa, honey bee, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, labellum, nature, proboscis, tongue, tongue of, wildlife, zoology

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