Bee proboscis, light micrograph

Bee proboscis, light micrograph

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Credit: DR KEITH WHEELER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Bee proboscis. Polarised light micrograph of the proboscis of the common honey bee (Apis mellifera). The bee's proboscis (centre) consists of two outer angled parts (the galea) and a central hairy tube (made up of two glossae). Alongside these (left and right) are the needle-shaped labial palps with segmented ends. The galea and labial palps are normally joined together forming a tube, which encloses the proboscis. The proboscis is used to feed on nectar from flowers. Spoon-shaped mandibles at the base of the glossae (green) are used for functions such as moulding the wax, feeding larvae, and grooming. Magnification: x36 when printed at 10 centimetres across.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, animal, apis mellifera, bee, biological, biology, common honey bee, entomology, fauna, galea, glossa, glossae, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, labial palp, light micrograph, light microscope, lm, mandible, mandibles, mouthpart, mouthparts, nature, palps, polarised, polarized, proboscis, tongue, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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