The Relleke Massacre
5 Orchid bee (Euglossa dentata), 6 Eucera antennata, 7 Cuckoo bee Nomada miniata, 8 Ashy mining bee (Andrena cineraria), 9 Halictus albipes 10 Sand wasp Bembix rostrata.

The Relleke Massacre (ca. 1962)

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On January 28, 1962, Johanne Relleke was stung by honey bees 2,443 times at Kamativi tin mine in Wankie, Rhodesia and survived. All of the stings were removed and counted.

Relleke is currently the Guiness Book Of World Record holder for the greatest number of bee stings sustained by any surviving human subject. 

When a honey bee stings, it can’t pull the stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger but also part of its digestive tract, muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture kills the bee. 

In an twist of fate, Relleke is responsible for the death of 2,443 bees. #therellekemassacre

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