The fascinating anatomy of the bees

Bees have up till now fascinated us with their skills in producing natural and tasty honey. Every month Lari will recommend several articles based on the themes of apiculture, bees and honey.

The head of a bee is really mobile just like the ones of a human being with a brain, salivary glands (differ according to the hierarchy in the beehive and in what they specialise into.), two antennas which help them to orientate in the dark while in the beehive, may detect the ambient temperature, scents and spot enemies by detecting their vibrations.

Bees have an ultraviolet eyesight and do not perceive the red color. Yet it may have detected and perceive movements immediately as it may produce 300 images per second where the human eye may perceive 24 only.

Their mandibles; similar to little pliers; help to triturate the wax, collect the propolis or unclutter the flower’s anthers to collect the corollas.

Its wings are able to flap 400 times per second with a speed of 25 kms/hr for each cruise distance to an altitude of 10 to 30 meters.

Their legs help them to walk but also hold themselves thanks to their claws and suction cups but are essentially adapted to collect pollen.

The forager bee moistens with the nectar with its front paw legs while carefully passing it to the baskets of its back-paw legs.

With a flexible abdomen shaped within 7 sings, among which 6 are visible , may support its sheath glands and its craw which has the capacity on average to carry up to 60 milliliters.

In the upcoming article Lari will make us discover the beehive.

Florence Guillemain | Author