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Credit Spike Walker
, Wellcome Images
Stinger of a honeybee
Photomicrograph of the stinger from a honeybee. The stinger is a modified ovipositor (egg-laying tube) that is normally found in other female insects, however, this modified structure delivers venom rather than eggs and because it is adapted from a structure found only in females, it is only the female bees that have the ability to sting.
The stinger is situated in a chamber at the end of the abdomen and has a barbed end to penetrate and efficiently embed the stinger in the skin of its victim, however, as a consequence, this portion of the stinger is left behind and can cause enough damage to the bee to cause its death.
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