How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower
~Isaac Watts from Against Idleness~
A couple of weeks ago I was out and about taking photos of flowers and was immediately drawn to this one, and then I saw the honey bee.
It moistens the forelegs with its protruding tongue and brushes the pollen that has collected on its head, body and forward appendages to the hind legs. In the hive pollen is used as a protein source necessary during brood rearing.