National Geographic : 1935 Apr
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE A STING IS WORSE FOR THE STINGER THAN THE STUNG The bee inserts its tiny harpoon in the flesh (1) so firmly that when attempting to withdraw it (2 and 3) the barb is severed from its body, tearing its delicate tissues and killing the bee. After a bee stings, scrape out the still throbbing stinger (4); pulling it forces more poison into the wound. © National Geographic Society -Paintings by iashime IVlurayama ONCE A BEE HAS DRUNK AT A POOL, IT RETURNS AGAIN AND AGAIN Honeybees consume quantities of water, as do cows, for they must supply water and the creamy secretion called " royal jelly" on which are fed the queen and larvae during brood rearing. Honeybees always attend strictly to business while drinking, and will not attempt to sting unless molested.