PHOTO: Spider Catches Bee; Bee Stings Spider; Both Die

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Redditor subsuperliminal shared this amazing photo of an epic showdown between two titans of the insect kingdom.

In it, the spider catches the bee and bites it, but the bee lands a fatal sting to the spider, causing both to die frozen in this incredible tableau.

Redditor thepoultron, a beekeeper, explained the scenario a little more:

Beekeeper here. This is a great example showing why honey bees die after stinging something only once. Their stinger/venom sac are attached to other organs inside the bee, so when the stinger’s barbs lodge into something, everything gets pulled out, potentially including gut, etc and leaving a gaping hole in the bees abdomen.

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