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Bee Venom Collecting Device

The bee venom collecting device below is from Ukraine.  It is powered by an automobile battery with a variable control that is wired to the two red terminals at lower right.   It is placed on the hive, and the bees are given enough electric shock to cause them to sting glass plates.

Each white plastic frame has thin electric wires on them, and a glass plate.  The bees on the wire sting the glass when shocked, and the venom is later scraped off.

I was told that bee venom is VERY toxic.   The vapors from the venom reportedly will irritate the eyes and inhaled vapors can be dangerous.  The people using this device used it with a glass barrier and good ventilation that minimized exposure to the venom.

Ukrainian bee venom collector
This photo is from the Prokopovych Beekeeping Institute in Kyiv.

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