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bumble and proboscis

By CarolG  
Bumble-bees are social insects that are characterised by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely black. Another obvious (but not unique) characteristic is the soft nature of the hair, called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind leg is completely hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport).
Like their relatives the honey bees, bumble-bees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young.
Like all bee tongues, the bumble-bee’s tongue (the proboscis) is a long hairy structure that extends from a sheath-like modified maxilla. The primary action of the tongue is lapping, i.e. repeated dipping of the tongue into liquid. During lapping, nectar is drawn up the proboscis by capillary action. When at rest or flying, the proboscis is kept folded under the head.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Close-up Close-up and macro Bumble bee Wildlife and nature

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jaktis 14 84 Sweden
3 Jul 2012 6:35AM
Superb captures showing the details so well


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exposure Plus
13 5.4k England
3 Jul 2012 6:36AM
A lovely write up Carol & I do like V3 &V4....lovely detail & light.
There is a bit of a breeze here today...& the humidity is a bit lower...
Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
3 Jul 2012 6:41AM
Superb shots Carol and an interesting write up.

fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
3 Jul 2012 6:57AM
Great images with very interesting and informative write up.

achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
3 Jul 2012 6:57AM
Three fantastic captures and a great write up Carol, shows how thick I am! I thought a bumble Bee was the same as an honey Bee DUHHHHH!


saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
3 Jul 2012 7:03AM
Excellent and great set of images,Carol,very well done,
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 7:18AM
Nice series of captures.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
3 Jul 2012 7:19AM
No3 is so funny, how she holds on to the tiny flower!
Well done!
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 7:32AM
Excellent work.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 7:36AM
bumble bee lesson over ... thankyou ..Smile
And what wonderful images you have captured
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 7:58AM
fantastic detail cracking colours and tones carol v1 for me today a stunner nice one Wink
EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
3 Jul 2012 8:07AM
Lovely images and great info.

3 Jul 2012 8:16AM
Super images, all show great detail,
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
3 Jul 2012 8:19AM
Fine detail in this tiny fellow.

STEVELIN 9 161 3 Ireland
3 Jul 2012 8:29AM
another great set carol v2 for me today nice detail.
Cor 9 Belgium
3 Jul 2012 8:33AM
All 3 TOP *****Smile
danbrann 13 636 17
3 Jul 2012 8:48AM
A most wonderful description Carol, both in words and pictures.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
3 Jul 2012 9:02AM
Brilliant set Carol, and so interesting. I've given up trying to photograph bees - they move too fast. Smile
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
3 Jul 2012 9:08AM
Such interesting commentary from you, Carol........accompanies these fine shots.
Love V 3 with the front legs hooked around the trumpet of the bloom.
Excellent detail.
johnn_t 5 5 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 9:18AM
Nice macro how did you get it so sharp

3 Jul 2012 9:29AM
V2 for me today Carol but any one could stand on its own love the fine detail in v2 and thanks for the wee write up

Great images and commentary.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 9:44AM
Wow Carol, three cracking portraits plus an educative write up.
sable 9 9 7 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 10:05AM
A trio of excellent shots my favourite is V3 and what a lot of interesting facts within the narrative thank you for sharing xx
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
3 Jul 2012 10:34AM
V2 Carol.....Good find again.

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 10:40AM
Good detail and interesting narrative Carol.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 112 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 10:43AM
Three fine images and all the more so with your narrative.
Good for me with young grandchildren to explain things to.
thank you carol.
Terrific dagger like proboscis (V1), Lovely bristles (V2) and nice wings with anesthetic hug of the bee over the flower (V3). V3 is a rare capture, Carol. Honey & pollen collection so well depicted. - Raja.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
3 Jul 2012 12:33PM
Well, I've learnt a bit about bees today, if nothing else! This bee a wonderful set of close-ups, Carol, and I'm torn between V2 & V3 as my fave Smile
Trev Smile
3 Jul 2012 1:12PM
Great set as always...Carol Smile
3 Jul 2012 1:37PM
Another wonderful trio Carol,excellent work.
3 Jul 2012 1:58PM
Outstanding macro images Carol and i found out a lot more about bees today. All with superb detail and colour and i love the V3 pose.
3 Jul 2012 2:19PM
V 2 is spectacular & v 3 is an illustration suitable for science book. Great.
TonyDy Plus
9 9 3 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 2:48PM
As usual, an excellent set, Carol.
Ray42 9 3 England
3 Jul 2012 3:41PM
Three cracking macros Carol with the Pano - congratulations on the UA
3 Jul 2012 4:23PM
Great images and informative write up. v2 for me
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 5:41PM
V3 is bang on.
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 5:55PM
Top shots and a top narrative Carol

Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 7:43PM
Great set of images Carol and super info to go with them
LexEquine 11 19 United States
3 Jul 2012 7:51PM
'A Triad of Superb, colorful, & well detailed Macros' ~ Peter
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
3 Jul 2012 8:15PM
V2 for me Carol - a good set.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
3 Jul 2012 8:21PM
very interesting and full of detailSmile
3 Jul 2012 11:52PM
Another excellent set Carol,well done..Lin
posty57 10 6 2 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 4:33AM
beautifully captured Carol, as usual. Love V3...! Smile

Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
4 Jul 2012 7:03PM
What an awesome set of macros Carol, v2 is my favourite
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2012 8:28PM
V3 on this one, the eye is sooooooooooooooo cute!
7 Jul 2012 8:34AM
Just love v3 too ! All brilliant and interesting write up too .Gx

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