Of the multitude of Hymenoptera, the one which has always held man’s greatest fascination is the common honey bee1 (Apis mellifera L.). Noted from antiquity as a model of industrious activity and the producer of a delectable honey, this insect has also gained notoriety as a fierce and savage defender of its hive. The venom injected by the stinging honey bee has been the subject of some of the most exhaustive and extensive research activities in the entire field of insect biochemistry.


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