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Honey Bee Collection

"Honey bees, the architects of sweetness 🐝🍯✨" Discovering the intricate world of honey bees is like unwrapping a treasure trove of nature's wonders

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bees on a honeycomb

Honey bees on a honeycomb
Honey bees (Apis mellifera) on a honeycomb. The chambers in a honeycomb are created using wax secreted by the bees. The chambers are then filled with honey, using nectar obtained from flowers

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), internal anatomy, cross-section

Honey Bee (Apis mellifera), internal anatomy, cross-section

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bees, (Apis mellifera) honeycomb and life cycle, expanded cross-section and insets

Honey bees, (Apis mellifera) honeycomb and life cycle, expanded cross-section and insets

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee on a flower

Honey bee on a flower
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on a flower

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Bee anatomy, artwork

Bee anatomy, artwork
Bee anatomy. Computer artwork showing the internal anatomy of a honeybee (Apis mellifera). Nerve fibres are blue. The wings are attached to the thorax

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Bees in a circle

Bees in a circle
bees walking in a circle

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, bees on wild honey cone, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton

Honey Bee, Apis mellifera, bees on wild honey cone, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton, Texas, USA

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee, SEM

Honey bee, SEM
Honey bee (Apis mellifera), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The head and one of the two compound eyes is at lower left

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honeybee leg, SEM

Honeybee leg, SEM
Honey bee leg. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the leg of a honeybee (Apis mellifera) covered in pollen grains (round). The dense coating of hairs has trapped the pollen

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Head of a honey bee, SEM

Head of a honey bee, SEM
Head of a honey bee (Apis mellifera), coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). The compound eyes (one seen) are either side of the antennae

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee macro and flower

Honey bee macro and flower
Honey bee collecting nectar from our backyard basil plant

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: European honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on ice plant flowers (Sedum spectabile)

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) feeding on ice plant flowers (Sedum spectabile), Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. September

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey Bee Apis mellifera on thistle Norfolk summer

Honey Bee Apis mellifera on thistle Norfolk summer

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Anatomy of the Apis, No. XXVII, Leuckarts Zoological Wall Chart

Anatomy of the Apis, No. XXVII, Leuckarts Zoological Wall Chart
HMB306152 Anatomy of the Apis, No.XXVII, Leuckarts Zoological Wall Chart, 1877-98 (colour litho) by German School, (19th century); 137x101 cm; Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Beekeeping

Beekeeping (or apiculture, from Latin: apis bee ) is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in hives

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Carpenter Bee collecting nectar, Kentucky

Carpenter Bee collecting nectar, Kentucky

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: a family gathering

a family gathering
Wahyu Winda

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Milk & Honey Pattern

Milk & Honey Pattern
Gemma Bardot

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Milk & Honey Pattern

Milk & Honey Pattern
Gemma Bardot

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Milk & Honey Pattern

Milk & Honey Pattern
Gemma Bardot

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Milk & Honey Pattern

Milk & Honey Pattern
Gemma Bardot

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Himalayan honey bees (Apis dorsata laboriosa) on comb, Mount Namjagbarwa, Yarlung

Himalayan honey bees (Apis dorsata laboriosa) on comb, Mount Namjagbarwa, Yarlung Zangbo Grand Canyon National Park, Tibet, China. October

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Composite image of Wallaceas giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera)

Composite image of Wallaceas giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera)
Composite image of Wallaces giant bee (Megachile pluto) with European honey bee (Apis melifera). This is the worlds largest bee, which is approximately 4 times larger than a European honey bee

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Close up view of Honey Bee comb showing larvae in cells Norfolk, England, June 2017

Close up view of Honey Bee comb showing larvae in cells Norfolk, England, June 2017

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Bees old litho print from 1852

Bees old litho print from 1852
Beautiful coloured antique lithograph of various bee species from Plate 70, Volume 2: A History Of The Earth And Animated Nature by Oliver Goldsmith, 1852. Honey Bee 1. Worker 2. Male 3. Queen 4, 5

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying to Bluebell flowers (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Monmouthshire

Honeybee (Apis mellifera) flying to Bluebell flowers (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. April

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight, feeding on flowers (Brachyglottis sp)

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) in flight, feeding on flowers (Brachyglottis sp). Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, June

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee

Honey bee (Apis mellifera)

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Milk & Honey Pattern

Milk & Honey Pattern
Gemma Bardot

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Aster frikartii monch, United Kingdom, Europe

Aster frikartii monch, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Pollination: a bee foraging flowers of ash heather (ethamine in C), 1885 (engraving)

Pollination: a bee foraging flowers of ash heather (ethamine in C), 1885 (engraving)
JAB4119924 Pollination: a bee foraging flowers of ash heather (ethamine in C), 1885 (engraving) by Demarle, Alphonse (1826-1896); (add.info.: Pollination by a bee of ash heather)

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Representation of the Bee, Valley of the Kings, Luxor

Representation of the Bee, Valley of the Kings, Luxor
8588254 Representation of the Bee, Valley of the Kings, Luxor by Egyptian; Valley of the Kings, Thebes, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: The bee symbol of the Pharaoh (relief)

The bee symbol of the Pharaoh (relief)
8586142 The bee symbol of the Pharaoh (relief) by Egyptian; Karnak, Luxor, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt. Luxor, city on the Nile of ancient Thebes)

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Hieroglyps, Pharaoh's Bee and the Horus Falcon, Horus Temple, Edfu

Hieroglyps, Pharaoh's Bee and the Horus Falcon, Horus Temple, Edfu
8587250 Hieroglyps, Pharaoh's Bee and the Horus Falcon, Horus Temple, Edfu by Egyptian; Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt; (add.info.: Egypt)

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Inser Weiher in autumn, a pond with red coloured water, caused by dissolved tannins

Inser Weiher in autumn, a pond with red coloured water, caused by dissolved tannins. Berner Seeland, Berne, Switzerland, November. Photographed for The Freshwater Project

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on a Crab apple (Malus sylvestnis

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on a Crab apple (Malus sylvestnis) flower in a garden, Wiltshire, UK, April

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with full pollen baskets feeding on Balkan anemone (Anemone blanda)

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) with full pollen baskets feeding on Balkan anemone (Anemone blanda). In garden. Surrey, England, UK. April

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) extending proboscis to nectar on Common rue (Ruta graveolens)

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) extending proboscis to nectar on Common rue (Ruta graveolens). Green aphid (Aphidoidea) beneath flower. Surrey, England, UK. July

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on freshly opened yellow Lantana (Lantana camara) flowers

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) nectaring on freshly opened yellow Lantana (Lantana camara) flowers. Flowers turn pink when nectar no longer provided. In garden, Tanzania. Native to tropical Americas

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on Peony (Paeonia officinalis) pollen. Surrey, England, UK

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) foraging on Peony (Paeonia officinalis) pollen. Surrey, England, UK. May

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on Fleabane (Erigion eriginousus) Newport Marshes Reserve

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on Fleabane (Erigion eriginousus) Newport Marshes Reserve, Gwent, Wales, UK. August

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Giant honey bee nest (Apis dorsata) up in a giant Mengaris tree (Koompassia excelsa)

Giant honey bee nest (Apis dorsata) up in a giant Mengaris tree (Koompassia excelsa) dipterocarp forest in Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on comb with honey, Kiel, Germany, June

Honey bee (Apis mellifera) on comb with honey, Kiel, Germany, June

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Insects, hand-colored lithograph, published in 1880

Insects, hand-colored lithograph, published in 1880
1) Giant Woodwasp (Urocerus gigas), 2) Ophion ventricosus, 3) Hornet (Vespa crabro), 4) Honeybee (Apis), 5) Large earth bumblebee (Bombus terrestris), 6) Pale giant horse-fly (Tabanus bovinus)

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Close up of European dark bee (Apis mellifera mellifera - nigra race), feeding

Close up of European dark bee (Apis mellifera mellifera - nigra race), feeding on ice plant flowers (Sedum spectabile), Monmouthshire, Wales, UK. September

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Honeybee (Apis meliffera) visiting flax flowers, (Linum usitatissimum), Monmouthshire Wales

Honeybee (Apis meliffera) visiting flax flowers, (Linum usitatissimum), Monmouthshire Wales, UK, May

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: European honey bee (Apis mellifera) flying to feed on Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion

European honey bee (Apis mellifera) flying to feed on Rosebay willowherb (Chamerion angustifolium) Pentwyn farm SSSI, Gwent Wildlife Trust Reserve, Monmouthshire Wales UK, July

Background imageHoney Bee Collection: Beecraft Honey-Bee N90859

Beecraft Honey-Bee N90859 (msn 1) Date: circa 1953



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"Honey bees, the architects of sweetness 🐝🍯✨" Discovering the intricate world of honey bees is like unwrapping a treasure trove of nature's wonders. On a honeycomb, these tiny creatures create their masterpiece, meticulously crafting hexagonal cells to store their golden nectar. As we delve deeper into their lives, we uncover the secrets hidden within. The Apis mellifera species reveals its mesmerizing life cycle through an expanded cross-section. Insets showcase every stage from egg to larva and pupa until they emerge as fully formed honey bees ready to take flight. Their internal anatomy is equally fascinating; a cross-section exposes the complexity beneath those delicate wings. Intricate artwork captures the essence of bee anatomy with precision and beauty. From detailed illustrations showcasing each body part to stunning close-ups revealing textured legs and captivating head structures captured by SEM technology, it's impossible not to be in awe of these remarkable insects. Observing them in action brings us closer to understanding their role in our ecosystem. Bees buzzing around flowers, like skilled pollinators on a mission, demonstrate how they facilitate plant reproduction while indulging in sweet nectar rewards. The European honey bee finds solace amidst ice plant flowers at Welder Wildlife Refuge—a harmonious dance between nature's creations. Even at microscopic levels, honey bees continue to amaze us. SEM images unveil intricate details such as hairy legs designed for collecting pollen or capturing glimpses of their distinctive heads adorned with compound eyes that perceive the world differently than ours. As we explore further into this enchanting realm, Leuckarts Zoological Wall Chart presents an educational glimpse into Apis' anatomical wonders—No. XXVII becomes a visual gateway unlocking knowledge about these industrious beings, and are more than just diligent workers; they are vital contributors ensuring biodiversity thrives across our planet.