- The instant a bee stings and flys away - leaving its stinger and abdominal tissue trailing behind - has been captured on camera in California.
From the Daily Mail:
The exact moment that a bee stings a man and zooms away - leaving its stinger and abdominal tissue trailing behind - has been captured on camera.
The images illustrate with brutal clarity why a bee cannot normally survive after stinging someone.
The photo shows beekeeper Eric Mussen at the University of California’s honey bee research facility, with the doomed bee’s stinger embedded into his arm.
‘As far as I know, nobody's been able to record anything like this,’ Photographer Kathy Keatley Garvey, part of the University of California’s communications team, told the Sacremento Bee.
Ms Garvey said she had only ever seen the phenomenon of the abdominal tissue trailing behind a honeybee as an illustration in a textbook.