“Basket Case” Bumblebee

This Bumblebee is feeding on birds-foot-trefoil which is growing in my  balcony’s “dustbin lid meadow” If you zoom in to the photo you can see a “pollen basket” attached to the bees leg.  According  to the Amateur Entomologists’ Society,  “the pollen basket is an arrangement of hairs found on the tibia of the hind legs of some bees. The bees collect pollen and, having moistened it with saliva using their tongues, they transfer it to their hind legs and pack it into the pollen basket. By packing pollen in this manner they compact it so that it can be easily carried back to the hive or nest”  Amazing. It’ll certainly make me  think twice before complaining about carrying just a few measly shopping bags home in the future.

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