Little Miss Bumble and Her Pollen Baskets

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Little Miss Bumble and Her Pollen Baskets

Uploaded: July 15, 2020 | Entered: July 15, 2020 11:28:39

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F7.1, 1/1600 On the bumblebee’s legs, especially the hind legs, there are a range of combs and brushes. The female bee uses these to gather the pollen that sticks to her hair and body together into one mass which she then stores in her pollen baskets. Workers and queens have two pollen baskets, one each on the outside surface of their hind legs. The pollen basket is easy to spot; when it is empty it is a large, flat shiny area with spiky hairs around the edge, and when it is full it contains pollen which is often yellow, orange or red. When a pollen basket is full it can weigh as much as 0.01 g and contain as much as 1,000,000 pollen grains.

Comments

Janet Criswell level-deluxe July 15, 2020

Wondeful macro! Thanks for the info as well. Really superb capture! #1742904

Adilson F. Ferreira July 15, 2020

Wonderful image, great details and information, Terry! #11818443

Jeff Robinson level-deluxe July 15, 2020

Outstanding close-up Terry!! #11818459

LJ Corliss level-classic July 15, 2020

Beautiful close up :) #11818472

Terry Korpela level-deluxe July 16, 2020

Nicely Done Terry! #11818547

Leslie McLain level-deluxe July 16, 2020

Fantastic capture, Terry. #11818567

Martha R. Mazon level-classic July 16, 2020

Truly incredible, Terry! Gorgeous. #11818600

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic July 16, 2020

Fantastic close up Terry! #11818754

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