The honey bee mouthparts are adapted to a lapping mode of feeding in which liquid food adhering to a 'tongue' or labial glossae is transferred from flower to mouth. This image shows top of mouthparts. The two triangular structures in the centre of image are the mandibles. Below protrudes the elongate and fused labial glossae which forms a hairy tongue.
Images used with permission from the Centre for Electron Optical Studies at The University of Bath UK.
Posted on February 24, 2009
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