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How Pollen is Collected by the Honey-bee

Nature volume 88, pages 586587 (29 February 1912) | Download Citation



ON February 11, a mild and sunny day, my bees were working busily on Eranthis hiemalis, the winter aconite, and by watching them I was able to verify my opinion, published in The British Bee journal of December 14, 1911, that the pollen is collected by being scraped into the fissure between the tibia and metatarsus, and is compressed and forced out into the “corbicula”, or pollen-basket, on the outside of the tibia by the closing of the fissure, a conclusion suggested by the examination of the hind leg of a queen humble-bee.

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    • F. W. L. SLADEN


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