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SIGNALING A worker bee finds a source of pollen and lets the rest of the hive know. NECTAR The bee takes the nectar from the flower, ingests it, mixes it with its saliva, and transports it to the hive. HONEY REGURGITATION The bees deposit honey in all of the cells of the hive. THE CHOSEN ONES Flowers with a good content of glucose and protein. NECTAR, HONEY'S SOURCE Nectar is made up of 80 percent water and is secreted at the base of the flower's corolla. Honey's flavor depends partly on its aromatic composition, and the beekeeper can select the principal flowers that are the source of the nectar by changing the location of the hive.

Antennae Eyes Head Thorax Each ant plays a role in the nest and is assigned its role at birth. Drone, soldier, worker, and replete worker (which stores food reserves) are the castes that distinguish what chores each ant will have. Four wings Petiole Two wings Legs MAIN ENTRANCE EYES ANTENNAE The Castes VELVETY TREE ANT Liometopum occidentale QUEEN The largest ant. She lays the eggs that will become workers, drones, and new queens. DRONE His only function is mating; afterward he dies. Abdomen LEGS Although the legs lack muscles, they are very strong.

The simple oral appendages of the most primitive forms were gradually modified so that this zoological group has been able to expand its diet. Thus, a hunter's mouth is totally different from that of a sucking insect or a leaf-eater, such as the locust. Made to order The oral appendages of primitive insects were modified considerably, and they took different forms according to the species. The first pair of upper jaws is for holding and sucking the food into the mouth. The second pair of upper jaws fuses at the midline during its development to form the lip, a structure with different functions, depending on the diet.

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