. British bees : an introduction to the study of the natural history and economy of the bees indigenous to the British Isles . Bees; Hymenoptera. 34 BRITISH BEES. pubescence, whicli enables the bee to gather up the nectar it laps. That it should be called the lip seems an ab- surdity, for it exercises all the functions of a tongue, and. Fipf. 8.—Extremes of structure of tongues: 1, in subnormal bees (Col- letes); 2, in normal bees {AntluypJwra). a, tongue ; b, paraglossae ; c, labial palpi; rf, maxillae; e, maxillary palpi; f^ labium. it would seem almost that the fine hairs, with which it is

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. British bees : an introduction to the study of the natural history and economy of the bees indigenous to the British Isles . Bees; Hymenoptera. 34 BRITISH BEES. pubescence, whicli enables the bee to gather up the nectar it laps. That it should be called the lip seems an ab- surdity, for it exercises all the functions of a tongue, and. Fipf. 8.—Extremes of structure of tongues: 1, in subnormal bees (Col- letes); 2, in normal bees {AntluypJwra). a, tongue ; b, paraglossae ; c, labial palpi; rf, maxillae; e, maxillary palpi; f^ labium. it would seem almost that the fine hairs, with which it is covered, are the papillae of taste. Its structure in some genera seems to be a spiral thread twining closely round and round, but in others it appears throughout identical. This tongue was formerly thought to be tubular, and that the bee sucked the honey through an aperture at its apex. The knowledge of the flat form of the tongues of other bees should have dissipated the illusion, for we could have been perfectly sure of the analogical struc- ture and function of an organ in creatures so nearly alike. Reaumur^s patient observations have totally dissipated the mistake, and through him we exactly know how the bee conveys the honey into its stomach. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.. Shuckard, William Edward, 1802-1868. London : Reeve

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