Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association

A Division of the Surrey Beekeepers' Association

Electron Microscope Photos

Honeybee Tongue

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Honeybee Tongue
The lower part of the elongate fused labial glossae is seen in this image. The glossae or tongue (rough structure in lower part of image) is surrounded by the maxillary galeae (smooth areas at top) and the labial palps (one is protruding to the left) forming a tubular proboscis containing a food canal. When feeding the honey bee dips its tongue into the nectar which adheres and the the tongue is retracted so that adhering liquid is carried into the space between the galeae and labial palps. Images used with permission from the Centre for Electron Optical Studies at The University of Bath UK.
Posted on February 24, 2009