Slide A: Proventriculus Seen Through the Crop

Proventricular mouth seen through the crop wall

This image shows the proventricular mouth through the wall of a honey bee worker’s crop. Together the proventriculus and the crop make up the region of the gut in the abdomen known as the fore-gut. The proventriculus is situated just below the crop and just above the ventriculus.

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Based out of the Butte County Cooperative Extension in Oroville, CA I am a member of the “Bee Team” created by the Bee Informed Partnership as a tool to help bridge the gap between scientists and beekeepers. The team works directly with bee breeders in the field and has been coined as those with their “boots on the ground”. We assemble field and lab data through hive inspections, surveys, and sample collection. The data and samples we accumulate are processed by the Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD where reports for beekeepers are generated. Our most essential duty is to report results to beekeepers empowering them to make more informed management decisions.