A Microscopic Look at a Bee

Bees outside

WARNING: this article contains extremely close-up images of a dead bee, so if you are afraid or disgusted of dead insects, then this article is not for you.

At last, the arrival of spring, flowers blooming, bees buzzing, and many other wonderful moments.

Bees outside
Bees outside

While we were playing tennis, my dad and I found a dead bee in our yard and decided to look at it through our microscope.

Here are some of the bee’s scientific facts

  • Scientific Name: Apis mellifera
  • Order: Hymenoptera (membrane wings)
  • They are social insects, as they live together in fairly large colonies

Bees are also very important, as they produce honey and help pollinate flowers.

We have used this microscope:

The microscope
The microscope

These are images of our preparation:

The glass blade is used for holding the piece of the bee we want to view nice and flat

preparation
The bee and the glass blade

In the following image, we are going to cover the wing with a smaller glass blade after placing a drop of water on it

preparation
The glass blade with a wing on it

A bee looks really interesting under a microscope:

The wings are made of transparent membranes.

Bees in the microscope
wing
Bees in the microscope
wing
Bees in the microscope
wing
Bees in the microscope
wing
Bees in the microscope
wing
Bees in the microscope
wing
Bees in the microscope
wing

Here are a few images of a leg:

Bees in the microscope
leg
Bees in the microscope
The Claw!
Bees in the microscope
hair
Bees in the microscope
leg
Bees in the microscope
leg

Here are images of the bee’s head:

Bees in the microscope
antena!

A compound eye is what most insects have, they are made of many tiny eyes that are just like ours, and can work in unison, enabling the bee to see in many different directions at once.

Always Watching.....
the compound eye of a bee
still watching you....
the compound eye of a bee
this is getting creepy....
the compound eye of a bee

These are images of a bee’s abdomen:

Bees in the microscope
the leathery skin of a bee
Bees in the microscope
more hair
Bees in the microscope
even more hair
April 5, 2020

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