Iron-Containing Cells in the Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)

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Science  12 Nov 1982:
Vol. 218, Issue 4573, pp. 695-697
DOI: 10.1126/science.218.4573.695


Honey bees are sensitive to earth strength magnetic fields and are reported to contain magnetite (Fe3O4) in their abdomens. We report bands of cells around each abdominal segment that contain numerous electron-opaque, iron-containing granules. The iron is principally in the form of hydrous iron oxides.