Bee Anatomy

We've been watching busy bee's collecting pollen and nectar all summer long and wondered - how do they do this, what are those little yellow sacks on their legs and how does pollen turn into honey?

In order to find out, we gave ourselves a lesson on basic bee anatomy, here's what we learned!

Proboscis:

The honeybee uses this long hairy tongue to pull liquid nectar from plants and flowers. The worker bee's transfer of pollen enables many plants to reproduce.  

Honey Stomach:
Nectar is stored inside the "honey stomach" which is then brought back to the hive and deposited into the honeycomb. 

Wings:
Bees flit their wings to dry up the liquid nectar turning it into honey. 

Pollen Basket
The bee will diet on Pollen harvesting and transferring it on their hind legs.