Honey bees, Apis mellifera, on honeycomb

Honey bees, Apis mellifera, on honeycomb

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Caption: Honey bees. View of honey bees, Apis mellifera, on honeycomb. These are worker bees who construct and maintain the nest, take care of the larvae, defend the nest and gather food. Bees feed on honey, pollen and nectar. Honeycomb consists of hexagonal cells made largely from wax secretions from the worker bees' bodies. They are used for rearing young, and for storing pollen and honey. Honey is made by worker bees who ingest nectar from flowers, convert it into honey in special sacs in their gut, and place it in the cells to mature.

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Keywords: animal, apis mellifera, bee, bees, hexagonal, honey, honey bee, honey bees on, honeycomb, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, on honeycomb, wildlife, worker bee, zoology

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