Light micrograph of a bee's sting

Light micrograph of a bee's sting

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Caption: Light micrograph of the excised sting of a honeybee, Apis mellifera. The needle-like sting itself is seen at right and the large bag-like object at left is the poison sac. On either side of the sting are chitinous plates which form part of the outer covering of the tip of the abdomen. The sting is a modification of the female ovipositor, or egg-laying apparatus. The ovipositor is no longer used to lay eggs, but instead serves as a weapon of defense & as a means of paralysing the bee's prey by injection. Only females sting. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: animal, apis mellifera, bee sting, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, modified to sting, nature, of bee, ovipositor, poison sac, sting, wildlife, zoology

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