Have you ever wondered why bees die after they sting? This stunning image by UC Davis Communications Specialist and bee nut Kathy Keatley Garvey explains why. That trail behind the bee is its abdominal tissue—yanked out by the stinger anchored to the flesh of the victim. From The Sacramento Bee:
An opportune time came for Garvey to capture this photo when she was walking with a friend and a bee came close to him and starting buzzing in a high-pitch. She said that’s normally a telltale sign that a bee’s about to sting, so she readied her camera and snapped four photos.
The images represented the progression of the sting, but the most interesting part was that the bee’s abdominal tissue that lingered behind, she said.
“As far as I know, nobody’s been able to record anything like this.”