Bees AnatomyBees Antenna It’s in the eyes Wings of the bee

Images and Contributor Author Gary Taylor

Have you ever wondered at some of the words, terms and phrases used when talking about native bees. Does it make you want to learn Latin or Greek or anyone of those other weird languages to get a grasp on what you are reading.

Well here, we will attempt to demystify some of those descriptions on the bodily parts of our native bees. Many of the words used will more often then not, apply to the broader community of insects or insecta (from the Latin insectum).

Whilst we will cover some of the features of a bee, you can find out more by checking out some of the footnote and references listed at the bottom.

Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica on Eucalyptus platypus © Gary Taylor
Lipotriches (Austronomia) australica on Eucalyptus platypus © Gary Taylor

Bees belong to the class Insecta, whose physical characteristics shared by all insects are that they have three body regions and six legs. The parts of the body regions are called the head, the thorax, and the abdomen.

Megachile aurifrons © Gary Taylor
Megachile aurifrons © Gary Taylor

Checkout the following page(s) on the anatomy of the bee, with more to come…

Work in progress, more information coming…

Amegilla chlorocyanea with view of the antenna © Gary Taylor
Amegilla chlorocyanea © Gary Taylor

Footnote & References

  1. Segments in the insect antenna—counting one, two, three!, by Mattingly, Beargrass Press,
  2. A quick-start guide to honey bee antennae, American Bee Journal,
  3. About Bees, Bee morphology, Exotic Bee ID,
  4. Bee Anatomy, IDmyBee,
  5. Honey bee anatomy, by Zachary Huang, 20 Feb 2021, Bee The Best!,
  6. Australian Native Bees – Learn more, up close, Western Sydney University, Designer Brittany Hardiman, Writen by Megan Halcroft, Bees Business, Special thanks to Dr Michael Batley, Australian Museum,
  7. About Bees, Bee morphology, Exotic Bee ID. USDA APHIS Identification Technology Program (ITP) and Utah State University. Fort Collins, CO.,
  8. Bee Antennae, An Amazing Sensory Super Highway, What Bug Is That?,
  9. Stings, wings and hairy eyes: honeybee close-ups, New Scientist, 17 June 2010,

BeesAmegilla Bee Austroplebeia australis Bees Anatomy Bee Behaviour Ceylalictus perditellus Colletidae European Honey Bee Euryglossinae Homalictus Hyleoides bivulnerata Lipotriches Megachile Meroglossa Stenotritidae Thyreus Xylocopa aerata

Bees AnatomyBees Antenna It’s in the eyes Wings of the bee