bee larva hatching spine close-up Scanning electron microscopy reveals the character of extremely small, sharp spines on the sides of first-instar larvae of many bee species (Apis mellifera, in this image). The spines appear to aid the larva in breaking free from its egg. Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Search Search for... Search Get New Posts in your Inbox! Enter your email address to subscribe to Entomology Today. You'll receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address Get Certified!