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Bcrazy 

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To follow on from the Anatomy thread I have done some photography at a magnification of X1000.
We know the antenna is covered in different types of sensors, so I was hoping to show some hairs and what they looked like. Here are the results;









They are fairly distinguishable but to try and individualise them I can't do that.

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Is the purpose of the hairs to help with smell, taste and touch and do you think the hairs are differentiated for these different purposes?
 

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Yes is my answer to that Polyanwood.

On each antenna there are hairs for different purposes.
There are hairs for touch,
some are olfactory or sensilla of taste
some detect change in temperature
others will convey stress in the cuticle
and finally there is the noise or vibration organ

Each facet of the bee has a specific role to play to bring together the perfect insect. To my mind anyway.

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