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Stunning Shot of a Bee Sting in Action: PHOTO

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A once in a lifetime photo for a honeybee expert:

UC Davis communications specialist Kathy Keatley Garvey in the Department of Entomology said she has taken at least 1 million photos of honeybees in her lifetime, but this snapshot won the first-place gold feature photo award in an Association for Communication Excellence competition. The international organization includes communicators, educators and information technologists.

Garvey has bees in her blood: As dairy farmers, her father and grandfather kept bees to pollinate their orchards. She said bees have been in her family since around 1850.

That liquid is the honeybee's abdominal tissue trailing behind. The abdomen is mortally torn after the sting, causing the bee to die.

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  1. Awesome photo - thanks for posting!

    Posted by: Jono | Jun 15, 2012 2:45:05 PM


  2. In all its gut-ripping glory.

    Posted by: StevyD | Jun 15, 2012 5:32:41 PM


  3. Bees at their best:

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    Posted by: Randy | Jun 15, 2012 10:47:57 PM


  4. So why did they waste a bee taking this picture?

    Posted by: jed | Jun 16, 2012 12:54:45 AM


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  7. The story behind the bee sting. It was not posed. It was taken during a routine trip in an apiary. http://ucanr.org/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=7735

    Posted by: Kathy Keatley Garvey | Jun 25, 2012 3:57:43 PM


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