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This 'B' Gets an 'A' for Good Grooming

This "B" gets an "A" for good grooming. We recently watched a honey bee land on the edge of a planter. "Hmm," we thought. "Why is she landing there?...

A honey bee lands on the edge of a planter and proceeds to clean her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee lands on the edge of a planter and proceeds to clean her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee lands on the edge of a planter and proceeds to clean her tongue (proboscis). (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee removing the particles from her tongue so she can keep foraging. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Honey bee removing the particles from her tongue so she can keep foraging. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Honey bee removing the particles from her tongue so she can keep foraging. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Am I good to go? The honey bee finishes cleaning her tongue and stares at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Am I good to go? The honey bee finishes cleaning her tongue and stares at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Am I good to go? The honey bee finishes cleaning her tongue and stares at the photographer. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:39 PM
Tags: Apis mellifera (35), grooming (1), Honey bee (240), proboscis (3), tongue (2)

Ever Seen a Honey Bee Cleaning Her Tongue?

We humans brush our teeth, and we sometimes brush our tongues. But have you ever seen a honey bee cleaning her tongue? Bay Nature contributing...

A honey bee cleaning her tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
A honey bee cleaning her tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

A honey bee cleaning her tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 4:22 PM

Tongue in Cheek

The honey bee nectaring the Penstemon, aka Beardtongue, in Tomales, Calif., didn't seem to mind my presence. Perfect. The amber-colored bee was...

Honey Bee
Honey Bee

HONEY BEE pauses after nectaring the purple Penstamon and begins to extend her tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Cleaning Her Tongue
Cleaning Her Tongue

HONEY BEE extends her tongue to its full length and cleans it with brushes of her hair on her forelegs. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Monday, September 28, 2009 at 5:18 PM
Tags: Beardtongue (0), honey bee (0), Penstemon (0), Tomales (0), tongue cleaning (0)

Caught in the Act

You may not know about Lavandula "Goodwin Creek Gray" but the honey bees do. They love lavender. That's one of the plants selected for the...

Caught in the Act
Caught in the Act

CAUGHT IN THE ACT of nectaring lavender, a honey bee extends her tongue into the floral spikes. Lavender, a bee favorite, will be among the plants at the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, scheduled to open Oct. 16. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Hoop Houses
Hoop Houses

HONEY BEE HAVEN--This is the site of the Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, a half-acre bee friendly garden to be planted near the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility, UC Davis. Ground preparation is under way. In the back are the hoop houses. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at 5:59 PM
Tags: bee tongue (0), honey bee (0), lavender (0)

Tongue-Tied

Blue merle mini-Australian shepherds have one. So do honey bees. What? A tongue. For a puppy, the tongue can symbolize pure happiness. For a...

Happy puppy
Happy puppy

Blue merle mini-Australian shepherds have one: a tongue. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Industrious honey bee
Industrious honey bee

Just like the puppy above, the industrious honey bee has a tongue, too, or what entomologists call "mouthparts." Here's a pollen-dusted bee in the UC Davis Aboretum nectaring a flower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 6:45 PM
Tags: honey bee (240), Penny Gullan (6), Peter Cranston (6), tongue (2)

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