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Understanding Bee Anatomy


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.


The website links into his book and contains many very high quality microscopic images, that show things that I suspect most beekeepers would not see, even if they knew where they had put their glasses! – WebBee

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