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Offline nella

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How do bees eat?
« on: September 29, 2009, 03:28:51 PM »
Do the bees lap the nectar like a cat or do they use their tongue like a straw and how far can they reach to get nectar?

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Re: How do bees eat?
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2009, 05:38:58 PM »
They have a pretty complex mouth - from memory at least three parts fold together to form a tube with the tongue, and through that they suck nectar.   They have a large 'honey pump' in their head which allows them to suck, and likewise to expel the nectar when back at the nest.

There's a good picture down the page here:

http://animals.howstuffworks.com/insects/bee1.htm

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Re: How do bees eat?
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2009, 09:55:55 PM »
>or do they use their tongue like a straw

Yes.

> and how far can they reach to get nectar?

According to Baudoux on a natural sized bee it would be about 6mm.
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