Rare Photograph of a Bee Sting in Action

UC Davis communication specialist Kathy Keatley Garvey recently won first prize in the Association for Communication Excellence photo competition for a rare photograph of a bee stinging a man and leaving its innards behind. The Sacramento Bee writes,

Garvey recognized an opportune time to capture this photo when she was walking with a friend. A bee came close to him and started buzzing at a high pitch. She said that’s normally a telltale sign that a bee is about to sting, so she readied her camera and snapped four photos.

The images showed the progression of the sting, but the most interesting part was that the bee’s abdominal tissue lingered behind, she said.

Garvey has captured over 1 million photos of bees throughout her life, but says that — as far as she knows — this is the first photo of its kind.

(via SacBee via MetaFilter)

Image credits: Photograph by Kathy Keatley Garvey

  • Marcelo Calil

    that akward moment when you saw it on 9gag first. 

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    that awkward moment when people are still using “that awkward moment” in an attempt to be comical. Oh well.

  • Scott M

    Wait.  This was reported in the Sacramento Bee?  #Irony

  • Mark Couvillion

    The bee actually wrote an article about it? Crazy

  • Cochese

    #not irony

    the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.

  • jajakim

    as cool as it is….. ewww

  • Ernest Duffoo

    Not the first photo of it’s kind…simple Google search proves that.

  • Scott M

    #Still irony
    Situational irony is the disparity of intention and result: when the result of an action is contrary to the desired or expected effect. Being “shot with one’s own gun”, or “hoisted with one’s own petard” are popular formulations of the basic idea of situational irony 

    So…a Bee reporting on a Bee would still be irony.

  • Slobit75

    Suddenly…. PetaPixel is turning into Imgur.

  • Lady Julie d’Glencoe

    Um, kudos to kind friend who took the surely painful hit for this photo – and suffered for his friend’s art!

  • LetsBFriends

    both of you can be right, depending on whose argument you give two shits about, but then again, this: 

  • stoparguingonlineplz?

    that awkward moment when someone hates on another person for being unoriginal or cliche, while being cliche while calling them out. Which makes me a bit cliche.

  • overeager

    *while being cliche for calling them out

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  • Gloria Hairston

    So…a Bee reporting on a Bee would still be

  • Mlee952

    Your definition is inconsistent with my learning in HS English class.  “How nice!” is more accurately sarcasm, not irony.  Irony has more to do with situations, not just words.

  • will hall

    Presumably fairly easy to reproduce if you can find a bee and a gullible friend who’s not allergic. That’s not to say it’s not a cool picture

  • Siany

    But normally a bee wouldn’t sting unless in danger would it?

  • kendon

    not sure what’s rare about this.

  • Keatley Garvey

    The story behind the photo, as blogged by the photographer.  Sacramento Bee left out pertinent information. This was taken in the apiary of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility at the University of California, Davis. Unexpected and unplanned photo.

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  • Jaded

    The article was interesting…but the comments…hilarious. What a bunch of pretentious Asshats. 

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  • Scott

    I agree. No one seems to comment on the subject of articles anymore! They all tend to digress into “did so…did not…did so…etc”.

  • Guest

    No they don’t.

  • Guest

    says the person who was never randomly stung by a bee.

  • Coco

     Sarcasm is a form of irony. Your HS English class should have taught you that there are multiple types. Educate yourself:

  • Jenny

    EW EW EW!! But that is amazing. Grats to the photographer!!

  • Christine Mae Jamaca Engcoy

    I can say, It’s amazing..You’re really a great photographer ever. Thank you for sharing.

  • Oso Rojo

    you’re all dickfaces