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basket

This Buff-tailed bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) is having a productive day, you can see that her “pollen basket” (the real name is corbicula) is almost full 🙂

The basket is the bumblebee’s storage, it’s made out of hard hairs on the flat part on its back legs. When she walks around in the flower, pollen is collected all over her body and then she sort of “combs” it into the basket. Only nesting female bumblebees collect pollen, the males don’t have any baskets.

Zoom in on the basket:

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15 responses

  1. Awesome macro shot

    June 17, 2017 at 5:25 PM

  2. Hi, Camilla
    As always another couple of stunning macro shots – and the additional notes to fill in our knowledge are a great bonus!
    But the males have no baskets? That’s disappointing, 😒

    June 17, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    • Thanks so much, John! They don’t need any, the women do all the work.. 😉

      June 17, 2017 at 6:13 PM

  3. Excellent photos!

    June 17, 2017 at 7:11 PM

  4. I agree with John – great pics as always and the information is what sets this site so far apart. Biology and bugs were never entertaining before this site, it’s the most relatable biology lessons I’ve ever seen. Keep up the great work Camilla😊

    June 17, 2017 at 7:22 PM

    • Thanks so much, Tony! You’re far too kind, but I’m glad you like it! 🙂

      June 17, 2017 at 9:01 PM

  5. Very cool, Camilla. Great shots and as usual, I learn something. You always present information so clearly. (Don’t you love the Latin “Bombus” for bumblee bees?)

    June 18, 2017 at 12:29 AM

    • Thanks a lot, Lynn! Yes, I love the name too! So funny and a bit endearing somehow 🙂

      June 18, 2017 at 5:53 AM

  6. So gorgeous and fluffy! 🙂 Love it !

    June 19, 2017 at 12:41 PM

  7. These are magnificent macros, Calee.
    The detail of the wing that you captured in the last image here is fantastic!

    June 19, 2017 at 8:22 PM

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