mellifera were evaluated on 25 individuals having pollen stored in their pollen baskets
, collected directly from the flowers on June 25th, June 1st and July 25th, 2007, at three different times (12:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM), with an entomological net, and individually stored in flasks containing ethyl acetate.
Bees have "pollen baskets
" of stiff: hairs on their legs.
After a foraging expedition, these `corbiculae', or pollen baskets
, can be seen stuffed full of bright orange or yellow pollen.
There were hairs all over his body and pollen baskets
on his hind legs.
Further research showed that when the bees entered Cadagi gumnuts to collect resin droplets for nest building, they often emerged carrying resin in their `corbiculae' (pollen baskets
), with one or two seeds attached.