Bees don’t want to sting you

NZ Lifestyle Block - - The Good Life -

All fe­male bees have a stinger but none de­lib­er­ately set out to tor­ment hu­mans. Bees will only sting if trapped (say by cloth­ing against the skin).

Sting­ing is usu­ally fatal for the honey bee. Her barbed sting gets stuck in our skin and un­less we re­lax and let her slowly work her­self loose (not the usual re­ac­tion to a sting), the sting rips out of her, tak­ing part of her in­ter­nal or­gans with it.

The na­tive and bum­ble bee’s stinger is not barbed so the­o­ret­i­cally they can sting nu­mer­ous times (like a wasp) but stings from either are rare. The na­tive bees’ sting is ap­par­ently less painful the honey bees’.

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