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An early season worker of the western honey bee, Apis mellifera, covered with dandelion pollen.  Urbana, Illinois, USA

An early season worker of the western honey bee, Apis mellifera, covered with dandelion pollen. By Alex Wild.

Close up of the Italian honey bee shows just how hairy the bee is  . . . all the better to gather pollen.

Closeup of the Italian honey bee shows just how hairy the bee is Bee Specialists 6632 Telegraph Rd.

Rear leg of a honey bee. It is in this joint where pollen will be crushed and then collected against the leg. Here you can see the rake and auricle of the "pollen packer" (at lower side of joint), and the pollen brush on the first tarsal segment (right side of picture)

Rear leg of a honey bee. It is in this joint where pollen will be crushed and then collected against the leg. Here you can see the rake and auricle of the pollen packer (at lower side of joint), and the pollen brush on the first tarsal segment (right side

Honey bee covered in pollen. Thanks to Chris Johnson @vintage_rva for the awesome pic. #LCCB #VAbeer #CraftBeer #FarmBrewery by lccb_farmbrews

Honey bee covered in pollen. Thanks to Chris Johnson for the awesome pic. by lccb_farmbrews

Pollen galore! -  https://www.facebook.com/beekeeping.photo

-on the body of the bee. It will pollinate another flower which the bee will soon visit for the nectar.

Honey bee Rake - The honey bee uses this "rake" to scrape together the pollen that is collected on the pollen brush of the opposite rear leg

Reverence for Bees :: Honey bee Rake - The honey bee uses this "rake" to scrape together the pollen that is collected on the pollen brush of the opposite rear leg.

Wondering how to obtain bees? Check out this blog post.

Today a bit of a change of pace. Some of you have asked about getting started in beekeeping, so I thought I'd talk about thw two primary ways to get started. I'm not going to discuss equipment, how to choose your bees, or anything else like that.

Super close up photo. "Honey Bee" by Pieter Kotzee. Type “Amazing” in the comments below if you love bees! #bees  #honeybee  #bringbackthebees

Super close up photo. "Honey Bee" by Pieter Kotzee. Type “Amazing” in the comments below if you love bees! #bees #honeybee #bringbackthebees

Treating varroa mites organically  VIEWED  They say organically, but the main ingredients are crisco and sugar...

Varroa destructor is an external parasitic mite that attacks honey bees Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. The disease caused by the mites is called varroatosis. This is a wierd little archnid.

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