Insects, Pollinators

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Our honey bees were gathering lots of pollen and nectar.  The bulging orange things on either side near her rear are actually "pollen baskets" which are attached to her rear legs -- that's how they pack the pollen to transport it back to the hive. It's amazing how much they can carry - they're hard workers! The dark brown thing (kind of looks like a leg) hanging down from her face is actually her probiscis -- that's how she'll gather the nectar from the flower, it's like a straw. When she's done foraging she'll head back to the hive and deposit the pollen in some cells and the nectar in another. Yes, in a way honey is bee barf, but they process it more when it gets to the hive.