Category Archives: Bees


How many eyes do bees have?

Like many insects, bees have five eyes; two compound eyes and three small simple eyes in the center of their head (referred to as ocelli). For more discussion on ocelli, see my post on Fly […]

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Pollen Baskets

Honey bees, bumble bees, stingless bees and orchid bees all collect pollen using structures on their hind legs which are delightfully termed ‘pollen baskets’. Here we have a few images of a European honey bee […]

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Apocrita (Bees, Wasps and Ants)

What’s the skinny? Most people will have noticed the similarities between bees and wasps and wouldn’t be surprised to learn that they are members of the same suborder of insects, called Apocrita. It turns out […]

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