Honey bee, SEM

Honey bee, SEM

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Caption: Honey bee. Coloured scanning electron micrograph of the head of a honey bee (Apis sp.). Large compound eyes are situated on either side of the head. Two antennae protrude from between the eyes. The antennae are sensitive to touch and smell. At the base of the head are the mouthparts (mandibles), which are used for cutting, eating pollen and working wax. Below the mandibles is the proboscis, which consists of a tube-like structure with a hairy glossa (tongue, not seen) with which the bee drinks liquids (nectar and water). Bees are important pollinators of flowering plants. Magnification x30 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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