Nikia Lumia 530, on auto, cropped

Susan asked about the white thing on his legs …

Wikipedia says:

The pollen basket or corbicula is part of the tibia on the hind legs of certain species of bees. They use the structure in harvesting pollen and returning it to the nest or hive.

 

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Bees & Bugs

Bee of the day

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    • I haven’t had honey for ages, Sue. I must buy some from the honey man at the weekend. The last lot tasted a bit too smoky. There seems to be lots of them around now that most of the trees along my walk have finished flowering.

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  1. Sue says:

    Didn’t know before, just checked, male bees do not participate in collections of nectar/pollen they are solely there for the queen bee and die once they have mated with her, she flies off with their equipment still attached to her (not all get selected – who’s the lucky boy hey)

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    • Good question, Susan. I’ve always assumed it was for collecting pollen as they are usually yellow.
      Wikipedia says: “The pollen basket or ‘corbicula’ is part of the tibia on the hind legs of certain species of bees. They use the structure in harvesting pollen and returning it to the nest or hive”
      😀

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