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Caption: Honeybees (Apis mellifera). These honeybees are being bred for shipment to patients undergoing bee venom therapy. It is thought that bee venom therapy can help alleviate the symptoms caused by rheumatism, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other diseases. Patients self-administer venom by holding a live bee in a pair of tweezers and allow themselves to be stung at specific points on the body. The bee dies after it has stung the patient, leaving behind the sting and venom sac. The medicinal use of honeybee products, such as venom, honey, royal jelly and beeswax, is known as apitherapy. Photographed in Pebadale apiary, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, UK.

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