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Bee Anatomy Resources

This website’s purpose is to encourage interest in the study of bee anatomy

Knowing how bees function requires a knowledge of the arrangement of the internal organ systems. We need to know how they function to understand issues of disease, nutrition, lifespan, aggression, survival, breeding and productivity.

Bees’ internal organs have some similarities to those of vertebrates, but also many fundamental differences.

The owner of this website, Dr. Ian Stell, has been a beekeeper in an urban area, in South-East London since 1998, keeping about fifteen colonies. His day job is as a doctor in Emergency Medicine.

Have you ever wanted a simple drawing to show the life cycle of the Bee?  – Well this is the site for you!

“Honey bee (Apis mellifera) is an insect species living in colonies. In the colony there is usually one queen, thousands of workers and during some parts of the year variable number of drones. New colonies are produced by swarming. The colony lives in a nest which in nature is usually located inside a hollow tree. In the nest there is a series of vertical combs build from wax. On two sides of the combs there are hexagonal cells. Larval development of bees occurs in the cells. They are also used for storing honey and bee bread. The main food of honey bees are pollen and nectar collected from flowers. Originally honey bees occurred in Africa, Europe (except northern part) and Near East. They were introduced by man to Asia, both American continents and Australia. Domesticated honey bees are kept in hives. They are important economically as pollinators of crops and producers of honey.”

This site has many superb and well crafted drawings that simply explain complex parts of the Bee lifecycle, in line drawing format by Adam Tofilski. It includes staged lifecycle charts clearly explaining the development of Bee and Varroa mite development. Lots of excellent technical detailed drawings, obviously the result of many hours of careful observation. – WebBee