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Volume 30, Number 1, 1999
Page(s) 67 - 74
Apidologie 30 (1999) 67-74
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19990108

The corbiculae of bees

Charles D. Michener

Snow Entomological Division, Natural History Museum, and Department of Entomology, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA

Abstract - The word corbicula is ordinarily used for the 'pollen basket' on the outer side of the hind tibia of worker honey bees and related forms. Unrelated bees have comparable but nonhomologous structures, often on other parts of the body. Such structures are described on the hind femora and on the propodeum, as well as on the hind tibiae of two diverse groups of bees. © Inra/ DIB/AGIB/Elsevier, Paris

Key words: bees / Apoidea / corbicula / pollen transport / anatomy