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Sting Described

Bee Keeping: Mysteries Of Bee-keeping Explained

Their sting, as it appears to the naked eye, is but a tiny instrument

of war; so small, indeed, that its wound would pass unheeded by all the

larger animals, if it was not for the poison introduced at the same

instant. It has been described as being "composed of three parts, a

sheath and two darts. Both the darts are furnished with small points or

barbs like a fishhook," that hold it when introduced into the flesh;

the bee being compelled to leave it behind.