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This 'B' Gets an 'A' for Good Grooming

A honey bee lands on the edge of a planter and proceeds to clean her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

This "B" gets an "A" for good grooming. We recently watched a honey bee land on the edge of a planter. "Hmm," we thought. "Why is she landing there? She should be foraging on the flowers in the pollinator garden." We soon found out. After positioning...

A honey bee lands on the edge of a planter and proceeds to clean her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee lands on the edge of a planter and proceeds to clean her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee lands on the edge of a planter and proceeds to clean her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee removing the particles from her tongue so she can keep foraging. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee removing the particles from her tongue so she can keep foraging. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee removing the particles from her tongue so she can keep foraging. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Am I good to go? The honey bee finishes cleaning her tongue and stares at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Am I good to go? The honey bee finishes cleaning her tongue and stares at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Am I good to go? The honey bee finishes cleaning her tongue and stares at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Tags: Apis mellifera (21), grooming (1), Honey bee (196), proboscis (2), tongue (2)

Tongue-Tied

Happy puppy

Blue merle mini-Australian shepherds have one. So do honey bees. What? A tongue. For a puppy, the tongue can symbolize pure happiness. For a worker honey bee: a solid work ethic. It's easy to take a photo of a happy puppy with her tongue hanging out,...

Happy puppy
Happy puppy

Blue merle mini-Australian shepherds have one: a tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Industrious honey bee
Industrious honey bee

Just like the puppy above, the industrious honey bee has a tongue, too, or what entomologists call "mouthparts." Here's a pollen-dusted bee in the UC Davis Aboretum nectaring a flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 6:45 PM
Tags: honey bee (196), Penny Gullan (6), Peter Cranston (6), tongue (2)
 
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