Here, a honey bee is gathering the bright red pollen of bottlebrush buckeye. 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. The color of the pollen in a bee's baskets varies from flower to flower. The honey bee, though small in size, is a complex and sophisticated creature. From here the pollen is transferred to the pollen presses located on the hind legs, or the Pollen Sacs. From the pollination of apple trees to the seeds used to grow livestock grain, honey bees are a major link in our food chain. Combs and brushes. 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). Bees have several anatomical features that are uniquely devoted to efficient pollen-collecting. Rear legs bare and shiny. Only worker honeybees make delicious honey, using nectar gathered from â¦ 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. Experts estimate that between 50% and 80% of the worldâs food supply is either directly or indirectly linked to honey bee pollination. On the bumblebeeâs legs, especially the hind legsâ¦ Photo of the hind leg with the pollen basket. Female and male bees are sexually dimorphic. Males lack scopa, as they do not collect pollen to provision nests for young. The pollen grains of flowers most attractive to the bees are very sticky so the pollen will secure easily to their bodies. Without bees, humans â and most other animals â would go hungry. The hind legs carry the pollen load. The corbiculae are made of tightly-woven leg hairs. Buff-haired thorax. These are run over the body, scraping off the collected pollen. 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. When to see them: March-October. (Propolis is the sticky resinous substance that the bees collect from the buds of trees and use to seal up cracks in the hive.) Nesting habits: Beehives or cavities above ground. Coxa. 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 Coxa, Trochanter, Femur, Tibia, Metatarsus, and the Tarsus. Some bees collect only nectar while other collect both nectar and pollen on the same trip. Honey Bee Hind Leg specimen (I do not kill anything for my artâ¦I get given a lot of dead insects!) Also, many flowers provide a landing lip for the bees to sit on before diving into the flower's interior. Pollen combs are hairy parts on the inside of a beeâs hind legs that are used to remove pollen stuck on the body. 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 are specialized on the worker bee. ID tips: Abdomen with amber bands or completely black. With honey beeâ¦ 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. Each hive can contain over 20,000 bees. The anatomy of the bee has a stunning efficiency. With these bees, the middle legs are also equipped with brush- (or comb-) like hairs. Flowers tend to lend a helping hand to honeybees. 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. Female honey bees carry pollen in corbiculae, or pollen baskets, located on the bees' back legs. Description: Most honeybees in the UK live in hives managed by beekeepers. 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 Now, take a good look at those back legs.