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    Default Enlarged photos of bee parts

    This is a resource for highly enlarged photos of bee anatomy.

    Feel free to add more.

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    Bees have four wings, but a row of small hooks, called hamuli, on the leading edge of the hindwing fits securely into a groove on the trailing edge of the forewing, allowing the bee to couple the wings together into a single flight surface. When at rest, the bee can unhook its wings and fold them back. The photo shows those hamuli.
    (Note that description is by the photographer, who may/may not be a bee expert. My understanding is that the hamuli allow the bee to disconnect the wing from the flight muscles. I too am not an expert.)


    post #2, this thread:http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...ghlight=unhook

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    SEM image of Bee Antenna at 1700x

    The structural plate and hair structures amplify and capture vibration much like the Stereocilia in the inner ear, or the cilia on a protozoa. Hearing==detection of sound pressure waves.

    post #39, by JWChesnut, this thread: http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...05#post1044005
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    Default Re: Enlarged photos of bee parts

    Wow that's cool.

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    That is a powerful camera. Thanks!

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    Source Image by Pizzazz -- http://www.photomacrography.net/foru...&highlight=bee

    Sting at 650x
    Image source: [Bee] Fisher, Rose-Lynn,. 2010. Princeton Architectural Press. Must have book- 100 plus art-quality SEM anatomy images of bees.

    Image source: [Bee] Fisher, Rose-Lynn,. 2010. Princeton Architectural Press. Must have book- 100 plus art-quality SEM anatomy images of bees.
    Abdomen plates (sclerites) at 75x
    Last edited by JWChesnut; 01-21-2014 at 09:42 AM.

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    Can't beat that, but want to share some microscope and other snap shots.

    Bee wings






    This is bee hair, the longer ones that cover the body. Interesting enough it looks like a fir twig.


    A bee egg


    Bee guts



    Trachea inside a bee


    Bee drinking water

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    The use of the mandibula - here for scratching and planing hive wall


    Working wax - like a shovel


    You ever noticed the neck of the bees when they really stretch their head forward? (Whiteish where the neck is)
    Last edited by BernhardHeuvel; 01-21-2014 at 01:43 AM.

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    This is how they hook into each other with their claws when chaining. Notice how the bee grabs the wing of the other bee.




    This is a bee stretching out her tongue - viewed from below.


    Again you see the neck, but from below

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    See how they hook onto the cell


    Detail of a bee's tongue when storing nectar into a honey cell. The tongue is forked.







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    Default Re: Enlarged photos of bee parts

    I think this is a great idea, but images must be properly credited at the very least.

    Deknow
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    Default Re: Enlarged photos of bee parts

    Surface of a bees eye



    Tell me God doesn't have a plan

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    Quote Originally Posted by deknow View Post
    ... properly credited ...
    (the pictures I posted were taken by myself)

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    Default Re: Enlarged photos of bee parts

    Awesome !!!

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    What a great thread, I'm saving it!

    Bernhard you are a master with a camera, to say nice work, is not enough.

    The other thing is the incredible design of each part, in smaller detail than we normally see with the naked eye, just amazing!!
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    That is quite awesome! I just have to ask, what equipment did you use and how were you able to get the shots like the one with the bee eating honey from the cell? You have a real talent there.
    A man is worth just as much as the things about which he busies himself- Marcus Aurelius

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    Default Re: Enlarged photos of bee parts

    Quote Originally Posted by D Semple View Post
    Surface of a bees eye



    Tell me God doesn't have a plan

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    Brash statement Sqkcrk. While I believe in evolution, I don't believe in it alone. In my opinion there has to be more than just that.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    Well I am from Brash(er) Falls. Besides, Don told me to do it.

    This isn't Tailgater, but, Don brought it up. A Topic for discussion somewhere else.
    Mark Berninghausen
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    Don made me do it. LOL.
    44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).

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    I wish I had a bee photo to contribute. Seeing things close up is interesting, fascinating. Thanks for the pix Bernhard.
    Mark Berninghausen
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    Default Re: Enlarged photos of bee parts

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    God doesn't have a plan.

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    I wish I had a bee photo to contribute. Seeing things close up is interesting, fascinating.

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