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Pollen storage

The image shows a pollen basket (corbicula), a part of the tibia in the hind legs of bees, used for storing grains of pollen during transport to the hive. The photo, captured using a confocal microscope, won second place in the Fluorescence category of the Microscopic Images in Life Sciences contest promoted by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the University of São Paulo (ICB-USP). The author is Márcia Sirlene Zardin Graeff, a laboratory expert and PhD student at the USP Bauru School of Dentistry.

Image submitted by Malu Motta, from ICB-USP