Chambers's encyclopaedia; a dictionary of universal knowledge for the people . 11 iglit, attached to them by a number of smallliooks, so that the four wings move as if they were two. The sting of bees is a very remarkable organ. It consists oftwo long darts, with a protecting sheath. A venom bag is con-nected with it, and powerful muscles for its propulsion. Thewound appears to be first made by the sheath, along which thepoison passes by a groove; and tlie darts thrust out afterwards in succession, deepen, tliewound. The darts are eaclifurnished with a numberof barbs, which render it sodirticu

Chambers's encyclopaedia; a dictionary of universal knowledge for the people . 11 iglit, attached to them by a number of smallliooks, so that the four wings move as if they were two. The sting of bees is a very remarkable organ. It consists oftwo long darts, with a protecting sheath. A venom bag is con-nected with it, and powerful muscles for its propulsion. Thewound appears to be first made by the sheath, along which thepoison passes by a groove; and tlie darts thrust out afterwards in succession, deepen, tliewound. The darts are eaclifurnished with a numberof barbs, which render it sodirticu Stock Photo
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Chambers's encyclopaedia; a dictionary of universal knowledge for the people . 11 iglit, attached to them by a number of smallliooks, so that the four wings move as if they were two. The sting of bees is a very remarkable organ. It consists oftwo long darts, with a protecting sheath. A venom bag is con-nected with it, and powerful muscles for its propulsion. Thewound appears to be first made by the sheath, along which thepoison passes by a groove; and tlie darts thrust out afterwards in succession, deepen, tliewound. The darts are eaclifurnished with a numberof barbs, which render it sodirticult to withdraw themquickly, that bees oftenlose their lives by the in-jury which they sustain inthe effort.—The males aredestitute of sting. The great family of beesis divided into two i)rinci-pal sections called Andre-netcB and Apiarice, or An-drenidceimd Apidm; the lat-ter names, however, beingsometimes employed insenses more restricted. Intlie first of these sections, the ligula is comparativelyshort ami broad; in theBee Sting, higWy magnified. second, it is lengthened, . A, sting of bee; S, slieatli of sting; F, end of and has the form of a llla-eting, greatly magnified, sliowing six bars nient. All the AndreiietmcniTed upwards; B, glands for secreting , . cnlitarilv as well aspoison; c; ducts througli which it flows to D, ^.ont;au y, _as weii aswlicre it is l;ept ready lo ruse; O, circular dila- Several subdivisions 01 thetation to prevent sting beingt lirust to tar out Apiari(B. These solitaryofsiiealh. jjggg Jq jjqI; jg^y ^, p gtorcs for their own winter subsistence; but they display very wonderfuland various instincts in the habitations which they construct andthe provision which they make for their young. There are amongtliein nwiles and perfect females only, and no neuters. The workof preparing nests and providing food for the young seems, in all ofthe species, to be performed exclusively by the females. GoUetessuccincta, a connnon British species of the Aiulrenetae, af

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