Inside a honeybee's proboscis is a pipe cleaner like appendage called the glossa (also called a tongue). The honeybee uses it to pull nectar up into its proboscis, and it's difficult to photograph since the bee is constantly moving it. But if you look closely at the honey drop in this image you can see it. Shot at twice life size this is a single, un-cropped, frame taken hand held.
3888x2592px 7.93 MB
Canon EOS 40D
Aug 22, 2009, 5:06:18 AM
Adobe Photoshop Elements 12.0 Windows