Rare photo captures the exact moment a bee leaves its stinger in a man’s arm

The exact moment that a bee stings a man and zooms away – leaving its stinger and abdominal tissue trailing behind – has been captured on camera. The images illustrate with brutal clarity why a bee cannot normally survive after stinging someone. The photo shows beekeeper Eric Mussen at the University of California’s honey bee research facility, with the doomed bee’s stinger embedded into his arm.

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