• Legs – The honey bee has three pairs of legs, six legs in total. However, the rear pair is specially designed with stiff hairs to store pollen when in flying from flower to flower. This is why a heavily laden  worker bee is seen to have two golden pouches in full season. The front pair of legs has special slots to enable the bee to clean its antenna.
  • Wings – The honey bee has four wings in total. The front and rear wings hook together to form one big pair of wings and unhook for easy folding when not flying.
  • Eyes – Incredible as it may seem, the honey bee has FIVE eyes, two large compound eyes and three smaller ocelli eyes in the centre of its head.

Photo above taken by Graham Kingham, Devon BKA of a more close up image of a bee's set of eyes

The charitable object of the British Beekeepers' Association is:

'to advance the education of the public and beekeepers in the craft of beekeeping and promote the importance of bees in the evironment.'

We welcome a donation to one of our current appeals:

Save the Bees or Apiary and Education