Friday, March 5, 2010

Why Do Bees Die After They Sting? GUEST BLOG


Today's blogger is Brooke.

The bee is a type of Hymenopterous insect along with wasps, yellow jackets and hornets. The female bee is the only one out of the group that looses their stinger due to stinging. The stinger is made like a barb, causing it to stay in the victim instead of staying attached to the insect’s abdomen. The honeybee will only live if the victim happens to be a human because their skin is thinner than that of animals. A mammal is the only cause to a bee’s death because the stinger gets stuck in the skin and part of the bee’s abdomen breaks off with it.

http://maarec.cas.psu.edu/bkCD/HBBiology/insect_sting.htm

1 comment:

  1. Do they always die after the loose their stingers?

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