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honey bee venom droplet in lab test

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Carl Hayden Bee Research Center tested the response of honey bees (Apis mellifera) to perturbation by administering mild electric shocks. As seen in this video, they found that in some cases the bees released a droplet of venom during their common “sting extension response” to the disturbance. (Video originally published supplementary to Gage et al 2018, Journal of Insect Science)

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