In this article we will discuss about the head and mouth parts of honey bee with the help of diagram.
1. It is the slide of head and mouth parts of honeybee (Apis).
2. The head bears a pair of large compound eyes, a pair of jointed antennae and a median ocellus.
3. The mouth parts are of chewing and lapping type and are composed of a basal transverse plate-like labrum – epipharynx, a pair of short, clubbed and spatulate mandibles one on either side of labrum-epipharynx, a small trianqular mentum and a large rectangular prementum below labrum-epipharynx a pair of short and rudimentary maxillary palps, a pair of long galea (maxillae), a pair of long and jointed labial palps and a median tubular proboscis made by labium and differentiated into a basal paraglossa, a median glossa and lenset – like terminal labellum or flabellum (honey- spoon).
4. The mouth pans are used for collecting nectar from flowers.