24. Anthophora pilipes, male. 25. Anthophora pilipes, female. 26. Melecta armata, female. 27. Anthidium manicatum, female. 28. Osmia bicolor, female. 29. Bombus terrestris, female. 30. Bombus lapidarius. female. 31. Psithyrus rupestris, female.
Every prosperous swarm, or family of bees, must contain one queen,
several thousand workers, and, part of the year, a few hundred drones.
"Pleasant words are as an honeycomb,
sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."
~ Proverbs 16:24
Three kinds of cells.
a Head. a1 Antennæ. a2 Ocelli. a3 Compound eyes.
b1 Prothorax. b2 Scutum of Mesothorax. b3 Scutellum of Mesothorax. b4 Post-Scutellum of Metathorax. b5Propodeum.
c1 c2, etc., Segments of Abdomen.
Legs. d1 Coxa. d2 Trochanter. d3 Femur. d4 Tibia. d5 Tarsi. d6 Calcaria or Spurs. d7 Unguiculi or claws. d8Pulvillus.
e Front wing. 1 Costal nervure. 2 Post Costal nervure. 3 Median nervure. 4 Posterior nervure. 5 Basal nervure. 6 Cubital nervure. 10 1st Recurrent nervure. 11 2nd Recurrent nervure.
f. Hind wing. 7 Anterior nervure. 8 Median nervure. 9 Posterior nervure.
Cells. A Marginal. B Upper basal. C Lower basal. D 1st Submarginal. E 2nd Submarginal. F 3rd Submarginal. G1st Discoidal. H 2nd Discoidal. I 3rd Discoidal. J 1st Apical. K 2nd Apical.
The above are a very accurate representations of the Queen, the Worker and the Drone.
Under Side of Worker, carrying Wax Scales.
“I don’t feel very much like Pooh today," said Pooh.
"There there," said Piglet. "I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.”
~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Hive bee (Apis mellafica). a, Worker; b, queen; c, drone.
Honeycomb, Metamorphoses of the Honey Bee.
So work the Honey Bees.Creatures that by a rule in Nature, teachThe art of order to a peopled kingdom.—Shakespeare
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