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Topic Tuesday: Bee Biology

Now that we know what pollinators are and types of bees found here in Florida, let’s take a closer look at bee biology. Bees belong to the order of Hymenoptera, with ants and wasps. Bees can look like wasps but have more hair and thicker body types, along with specialized organs to collect pollen. The bee body is divided into 3 main parts: head, thorax, and abdomen.

Pollinators, such as bees, not only have complex bodies, but are greatly important in the production and pollination of agricultural crops. For questions about bees or bee biology contact Sylvia Willis at the UF/IFAS Suwannee County Extension Office, an Equal Opportunity Institution, at (386) 362-2771.

UF/IFAS is an Equal Opportunity Institution

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