Apis Melifera

my first post, please comment…Ken brown

I raise honeybees. Occasionally get stung. If you wonder what a stinger looks like

tip of honeybee stinger taken after removed from skin, barb not visible.    

Barbs keep the bee from leaving until the bee abdomen tears free. Muscles alternately move the two barbed stinger lancets further into the skin and compress the venom sack to  push venom down the canal between the lancets. Bee venom cocktail of proteins and peptides sets off the histamine alarm. For more on why you react to the venom see Stanford University School of Medicine comments at URL:

//biology.stackexchange.com/questions/17032/why-do-bee-stings-cause-swelling

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