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.
Image credits: Photograph by Kathy Keatley Garvey