Martyr

This spider caught a honeybee in its web.

The bee apparently waited for the spider to go in for the kill and shanked it in the abdomen with its stinger, killing itself and the arachnid.

Honeybees almost always die when they attack because their stinger is barbed on one end and hard wired to the abdomen on the other.

Once they’ve plunged their hypodermic needle-like stinger into any perceived immediate threat, it’s usually a one way ticket to Valhalla.

Because of the barbs, the stinger cannot be removed, so as the bee attempts to self amputate, (or in this case, the spider tried to get away as I would assume the bee still couldn’t move) its lower abdomen ruptures, pulling out a string of digestive material, muscles, glands and most importantly: the venom sac.

Once the stinger and venom sac have been removed from the bee, a cluster of nerve cells coordinates the muscles of the stinger left behind.

The stinger automatically starts digging itself deeper into the skin, while the still attached venom sac is continuously pumping apitoxin into the wound.

But why are honeybees doomed to die by using their stinger?

The simple answer is: because they are infertile, so in evolutionary terms, expendable

All worker bees are female but the queen bee is the only one who reproduces, so the best thing a worker can do to give their genes the highest chance of survival is to lay down their lives and take one for the colony.

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