We are a small group of allotment holders who have come together to keep our bees within the allotment in Longworth, Oxfordshire, UK.
Sunday, 14 September 2008
The Sting in the Tail!
Whilst collecting the samples below, I took the opportunity to inspect a bee that I found by the hive. Here are a couple of pictures of the reason that most people are afraid of bees....the sting in the tail! Clearly, you can see the 'barbs' that everyone talks about, what I didn't photograph, was the 1.5cm 'entrail' that came with it! It's now clear to see why bees die after stinging a human. I feel desperately sorry after a bee gets caught in my gloves or suit. Thankfully, the bees that came to me from Maismore are really mellow and gentle!