Pictures

“There are 109 color pictures in the book. 
Here are some examples”

Hovering bee with beautiful load of yellow pollen on legs.

 

A honey bee is a beautiful, complex animal when seen up close. 
Notice the multitude of hairs over her body. 
These hairs are functional in many ways.

 

A cross section of a modern hive reveals multiple honey combs in
removable wooden frames that fit snugly in boxes
that can be taken apart to permit easy inspection and harvest of honey.

 

Busy worker bees on natural honey comb,
made by them totally by the sense of touch inside the dark hive from beeswax
they secreted and chewed into hexagonal cells.

 

Notice the tiny yellow pollen grains on her hairs --- even on her antennae. 
She combs these hairs and packs the pollen into a pellet on each back leg for transport to the hive. 
Some pollen is spread from flower to flower, causing pollination that is required for the production of about 1/3 of our nation’s food.

 

The production of flower seed requires pollination by honey bees.
As evidenced by this colorful aerial view, it’s big business. 

 

Pollen from each plant species varies in color. 
The multi-colored pellets were collected from bees as they returned to the hive.

 

Reproductive parts of this flower are very obvious ---
multiple little reddish anthers (male) when pollen is produced
and the single, yellowish, ball-shaped stigma (female)
where pollen is deposited by the bee, causing the production of seeds and fruit.

 

Hot waffles and fresh honey make breakfast a delicious feast,
especially if you produced the honey in your back yard.