All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Honey Bee</strong>
<em>Apis mellifera</em> / Hymenoptera
This honeybee is drinking nectar from White Clover flowers in my yard. Note the <em>pollen basket</em> on her hind leg. Bees have a <em>honey stomach</em> which they fill with nectar th...
Honey Bee
Apis mellifera / Hymenoptera
This honeybee is drinking nectar from White Clover flowers in my yard. Note the pollen basket on her hind leg. Bees have a honey stomach which they fill with nectar then return to the hive. It would take 1500 trips to fill a teaspoon with nectar. The nectar is put into the honeycombs. When about half of the water has evaporated, the nectar becomes honey. Notice how the individual clover flowers change color and position when they have been pollinated. Bees collect pollen on the pollen baskets on their hind legs to take back to the hive. The pollen is mixed with honey (called "bee bread") and eaten by the larvae and bees. Have you ever noticed little yellow splotches on your car? That is "bee pee"! :)
Bees are in the order Hymenoptera, along with ants, sawflies, hornets, yellowjackets and wasps.

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