The middle legs help with walking and are used to pack loads of pollen (and sometimes propolis) onto the pollen baskets that are part of the hind legs. From the pollination of apple trees to the seeds used to grow livestock grain, honey bees are a major link in our food chain. These are run over the body, scraping off the collected pollen. Here, a honey bee is gathering the bright red pollen of bottlebrush buckeye. Female and male bees are sexually dimorphic. The anatomy of the bee has a stunning efficiency. The pollen grains of flowers most attractive to the bees are very sticky so the pollen will secure easily to their bodies. The hind legs are specialized on the worker bee. Combs and brushes. Buff-haired thorax. Coxa. On this page, combs and brushes - pollen baskets - parts of a bumblebee leg - loading pollen - claws - antennae cleaners A bumblebee, in common with most adult insects, has 3 pairs of legs. Males lack scopa, as they do not collect pollen to provision nests for young. It is a concave surface with hairs on the edges and a central long bristle that goes through the pollen pellet or propolis so the load would stay while bees are flying. The hind legs carry the pollen load. Some bees collect only nectar while other collect both nectar and pollen on the same trip. The Coxa, Trochanter, Femur, Tibia, Metatarsus, and the Tarsus. Bee Hind Leg Rub Unread post by Countryboy » Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:45 am I remember seeing something on Bee-L some time ago about a guy talking about bees rubbing their hind legs like they were itchy. Bees have several anatomical features that are uniquely devoted to efficient pollen-collecting. A fine retractable 0.3mm propelling pencil Selection of Graphite pencils Selection of ordinary pencils 2b and hb Putty Rubber Botanical Quality watercolour Paper Good pencil and graphite sharpener Drawing board Experts estimate that between 50% and 80% of the worldâs food supply is either directly or indirectly linked to honey bee pollination. With these bees, the middle legs are also equipped with brush- (or comb-) like hairs. The color of the pollen in a bee's baskets varies from flower to flower. ID tips: Abdomen with amber bands or completely black. Honey Bee Hind Leg specimen (I do not kill anything for my artâ¦I get given a lot of dead insects!) In general, females can be identified by the presence of scopa (a region of dense branched hairs used to harvest pollen) on their hind legs (most bees), abdomen (Megachilidae), or sides of propodeum (Andrena). One is called the pollen basket (corbicula), located on the tibia of the hind leg, which is used for carrying pollen or propolis for foragers. From here the pollen is transferred to the pollen presses located on the hind legs, or the Pollen Sacs. On the bumblebeeâs legs, especially the hind legsâ¦ Pollen combs are hairy parts on the inside of a beeâs hind legs that are used to remove pollen stuck on the body. Rear legs bare and shiny. Without bees, humans â and most other animals â would go hungry. Flowers tend to lend a helping hand to honeybees. (Propolis is the sticky resinous substance that the bees collect from the buds of trees and use to seal up cracks in the hive.) With honey beeâ¦ When to see them: March-October. Only worker honeybees make delicious honey, using nectar gathered from â¦ Photo of the hind leg with the pollen basket. The honey bee has three pairs of legs that are densely covered with hair and are divided into six segments, making them very flexible. The honey bee, though small in size, is a complex and sophisticated creature. Description: Most honeybees in the UK live in hives managed by beekeepers. Female honey bees carry pollen in corbiculae, or pollen baskets, located on the bees' back legs. Also, many flowers provide a landing lip for the bees to sit on before diving into the flower's interior. Each hive can contain over 20,000 bees. This is an insect perfectly adapted to its environment, enabling it to co-exist with other living things in a delicately balanced give-and-take, evolved over millions of years. Now, take a good look at those back legs. The corbiculae are made of tightly-woven leg hairs. Nesting habits: Beehives or cavities above ground.