This website is intended for those interested in learning about bees. Specifically it has a link above to the Theory Course of the Sidcup Beekeepers’ association Basic Beekeeping course. It also has educational materials related to bee anatomy, a specific interest of Ian Stell. To enter the course, click the link in the menu above.… Continue reading Home

Honeybee salivary glands

The anatomy of the honeybees salivary glands can be confusing. There are four different glands which secrete through the bees mouth, and their functions are not fully understood. Between them they are responsible for some digestive functions, plus chemical communication, defensive roles and feeding of larvae. This video aims to explain these important structures.  

Mandible images

I have added some images of the mandibles. These show the groove where the secretions of the mandibular gland run down the mandibles. Please see the gallery for images…