Macrophotograph of a bee sucking nectar

Macrophotograph of a bee sucking nectar

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Credit: CLAUDE NURIDSANY & MARIE PERENNOU/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macrophotograph of a bee, Apoidea, sucking nectar from a meadow clary, Salvia pratensis, flower. More than 20,000 species of bees are known: the smallest measure only 2mm whereas the largest ones reach 4cm in body length. They are provided with a proboscis which is used to suck nectar and a sting used as a defensive weapon. Some bees are solitary and each female builds her own nest. Other species are social and several females cooperates together leading to the formation of large colonies.

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Keywords: animal, apoidea, bee, bee sucking nectar, honeybee, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, macrophotograph, meadow clary, nature, pollination, salvia pratensis, sucking nectar, wildlife, zoology

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