honey bee, ommatidium

Ommatidium of honey bee. After Snodgrass (1956, fig. 99c) [1], Goodmann (2003, fig. 2a) [2].

Axn - axon
bMb - basement membrane
CgCl - corneagenous cell
Cn - crystalline cone
Ln - lens
PgCl - pigment cell
RetCl - retinal cell
9RetCl - ninth retinal cell
Rhb - rhabdom

Ommatidia located in the dorsal part of honey bee eye differ from others [3].


  1. Snodgrass R.E. (1956) Anatomy of the honey bee. Comstock Publishing Associates, Ithaca, pp. 334.
  2. Goodman L.J. (2003) Form and function in the honey bee. International Bee Research Association, Cardiff, pp. 220.
  3. Schinz R.H. (1975) Structural specialization in the dorsal retina of the bee, Apis mellifera. Cell and tissue research 162:23–34.