The Hairy Eyeball
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This worker honeybee was resting on the oak threshold just outside my back door on a cool day. I got down on my belly and took this shot — the closer one is a crop of the first, to emphasize the compound eye. I never realized that honeybees have hairs literally growing out of their compound eyes — my best guess is that the hairs help collect extra pollen, plus perhaps keep pollen from adhering to the eye surface and blocking the bee’s vision as she spends the day stuffing her face in flowers.