Once its body was covered in pollen, the bee stopped buzzing and groomed itself, pushing pollen onto the corbicula (or pollen basket
) (Figure 3d).
The worker bees collect pollen by visiting flowers and take it back to the colony jam-packed in balls on the pollen basket
of the hind legs.
They then groom themselves to roll the pollen into balls and move the balls to their pollen basket
, a structure on their hind legs.
This important discovery can be used as a foray into more commercial studies focused on providing means to enhance a bee's pollination ability- the bigger the pollen basket
, the more pollen that can be packed in it and transported back to the hive.
Honeybees remove pollen from an anther by using their tongue and mandibles mixed it with salivary secretions from her mouth, and transfer it to the corbicula, or "pollen basket
", on her posterior pair of legs.
The pollen is carried in a pollen basket
(an area on the hind legs surrounded by long hairs).
Displacement sensors in the honeybee pollen basket
. Journal of Insect Physiology 227:339-346.
Generally more hirsute than wasps, they collect pollen on their back legs, held firmly in place by stiff bristly hairs known as pollen baskets