Venom Collection from Honey Bees

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Science  11 Oct 1963:
Vol. 142, Issue 3589, pp. 228-230
DOI: 10.1126/science.142.3589.228


A device that provides an electric shock makes it possible to collect pure venom from several thousand honey bees (Apis mellifera). The collection apparatus fits underneath the brood chamber of a colony of bees and may be moved from hive to hive. Each colony is "milked" for 5 minutes. An average of 20 hives must be "milked" to obtain 1 gram of venom. Under optimum conditions this quantity of venom is produced by 10,000 worker bees.