UC Davis Communications Specialist Kathy Keatley Garvey in the Department of Entomology said she’s taken at least 1 million photos of honeybees in her lifetime, but this snapshot won the first-place gold feature photo award in an Association for Communication Excellence competition.
An opportune time came for Garvey to capture this photo when she was walking with a friend and a bee came close to him and starting buzzing in a high-pitch. She said that’s normally a telltale sign that a bee’s about to sting, so she readied her camera and snapped four photos.
The images represented the progression of the sting, but the most interesting part was that the bee’s abdominal tissue that lingered behind, she said.
“As far as I know, nobody’s been able to record anything like this.”