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The knee of a bee!

#1 Post by c-krebs » Sat Jul 16, 2016 1:55 am

The specialization of insect legs is a great subject for photomicrography. The honeybee's legs are highly specialized. Here you can see the pollen combs which collect pollen from the middle legs and abdomen. The stiff bristles ("pecten" or "rake") at the bottom of the tibia collects the pollen from the pollen combs on the opposite side of the body. The pollen is collected into the space above the "anvil-like" auricle. When the bee bends it's leg back and forth (during flight) the pollen is crushed in this "pollen press" and packed into the pollen basket (located on the opposite side of the tibia from this view).

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No surprise why this is commonly called a "pollen comb"
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Without pollen, you can see the auricle and pecten more clearly
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The pecten (... commonly called the "pollen rake")
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And the auricle, part of the "pollen press" in the joint of the basitarsus and tibia, is very interesting when viewed at a little higher magnification. Looks like the perfect tool for the job of crushing and packing pollen.
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#2 Post by rnabholz » Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:12 am

My goodness Charles, just wonderful imaging, and a relatable and fascinating subject too.

It is just a treat to have you here. Thanks very much for posting.

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#3 Post by 75RR » Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:12 am

Incredibly sharp images (pun intended) ... it is almost as if I could pinch myself on those spikes!
Most interesting.
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#4 Post by zzffnn » Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:31 am

Amazing! Thank you for sharing!

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#5 Post by Rodney » Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:26 am

Incredible bee insect details, along with micro life insects to me are one of the most and interesting examples of life captured with the camera going back to the 1800`s. Fossil records of insects dating back multiple millions of years old can be looked at and studied.
We have a tree with a honey bee hive inside a a bad section of it.

Thanks for the images.
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#6 Post by Johann » Sat Jul 16, 2016 5:21 am

Wow - Incredible. thanks for sharing Charles.
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#7 Post by billbillt » Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:19 am

WOW!!... More wonderful photos!... Thanks for sharing!....

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#8 Post by exmarine » Sat Jul 16, 2016 9:52 am

I am a bee keeper so what Charles has posted is of great interest to me I have photographed the entire anatomy of the honey bee but not to such a depth as Charles has shown. Brilliant Charles just brilliant.
Hopefully I will bee able to show the internal organs of the female honey bee.

Nice one Charles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#9 Post by vasselle » Sat Jul 16, 2016 10:59 am

Bonjour
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#10 Post by KurtM » Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:24 pm

I echo all the above sentiments! I just love honeybees covered with pollen pictures, and have a peculiar fascination with pollen itself. I love that the information content is equal to the eye candy here -- not only wonderful photography to gaze upon, but I even get to come away just a bit smarter too!

Thanks Charles!!
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#11 Post by hb2sbdb » Sat Jul 16, 2016 3:32 pm

Thank you for sharing Charles. Amazing images as usual!

Kurt mentioned "eye candy". For some reason, I feel these images very...appetizing. Maybe from the color palettes of subject...?

I feel like reaching out, break one of the thorny sticks, and...suck on it.

Honey candy indeed :)

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#12 Post by wmodavis » Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:08 pm

And for sure as already mentioned previously the pictures are indeed stunning BUT.... without the extremely informative narrative they would only be stunning as quality photomicrographs. With your superbly stunning explanation of it all it is even more stunning for the clarity communicated.

In other words - I like it!
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#13 Post by JimT » Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:30 pm

And for sure as already mentioned previously the pictures are indeed stunning BUT.... without the extremely informative narrative they would only be stunning as quality photomicrographs. With your superbly stunning explanation of it all it is even more stunning for the clarity communicated.
Bill said it very well. Great images and explanations.

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#14 Post by c-krebs » Sat Jul 16, 2016 7:46 pm

Thanks to all for the kind remarks (and again for the warm welcome here).
Rodney wrote:Fossil records of insects dating back multiple millions of years old can be looked at and studied.
This reminded me of some other images that might be of interest, I'll "dig" them up.

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#15 Post by billben74 » Sun Jul 17, 2016 10:32 pm

Wow. What a treat that really was.
I'm looking forward to the next story and set of stunning images.

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#16 Post by gekko » Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:37 am

Nature is amazing. So are these incredible images.

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