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Brachygastra mellifica

Brachygastra mellifica

The stinger of the Mexican honey wasp Brachygastra mellifica is barbed like a honey bee's, so it stays in the wound delivering venom after the wasp leaves. The process is traumatic enough that the wasp dies. San Antonio, Texas, USA.

HymenopteraVespidaeMexican Honey Waspstinging insectsvenom

From Hymenoptera: Bees, Wasps, and Sawflies