How And Why Honeybees Die After They Sting You?

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You’ve probably heard that before, right? And if you’ve been stung by a bee, as most of us have at one time or another, you probably took a little satisfaction in knowing the bee was on a suicide mission when it stung you. Did you ever wonder if it’s true? Do bees really die after they sting you?

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Honey bees do, indeed, die after they sting you, but other bees and wasps, for that matter can sting you and live to fight another battle.When the bee tries to escape after stinging, she will inevitably break off her rear end and possibly disembowel herself and die.

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The stinger (or sting) on any bee or wasp is actually a modified ovipositor. That’s why you don’t have to worry about male bees or wasps stinging you; only female bees and wasps can sting.

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Venom, pumped from attached venom sacs, is injected into the unfortunate victim through the stylus, the needle-like portion of the sting apparatus.The stylus is enclosed between a pair of lancets. When a bee or wasp stings you, the lancets become embedded in your skin.

They alternately pull the stylus into your flesh, and then the venom sacs pump venom into your body.Other stinging insects, like yellowjackets and hornets, don’t die when they sting you.

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