Mouthparts, folding

Mouthparts, folding

Mouthparts of honey bee worker (side view). After Goodman (2003, fig. 5-13) [1]. Most of the time the honey bee mouthparts are folded and hidden behind the head. Then bees can use their mandibles to manipulate solid substances. In order to collect liquid food bees need to unfold the mouthparts.

References

  1. Goodman L.J. (2003) Form and function in the honey bee. International Bee Research Association, Cardiff, pp. 220.