Honey bee legs

The honey bee has three pairs of legs, so six legs in total. The rear pair of legs is specially designed with stiff hairs in order to store pollen... This is the so called pollen basket or corbicula (plural corbiculae) it is part of the tibia on the hind legs. They are used in harvesting pollen and carrying it back to the hive. Worker bees are often seen to have two large yellow pouches in full season. Pollen is a source of protein for the hive. The front pair of the honey bees legs have special slots in them to enable the bee to clean its antenna.