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Why Do Bees Die After They Sting You?

Bad news for picnic fans, bumblebees and wasps can survive multiple stings -it’s only the worker honeybees that die after administering a sting. The reason for this is due to the design of the stinger itself – shaped like a harpoon, the honeybee’s stinger lodges itself into the target and is so effective that the bee cannot pull free.

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A worker honeybee protects the hive, even if it means sacrificing itself.

When it tries to get away, the bee self-amputates the stinger and with it removes part of its digestive tract, as well as some nerves and muscles. Unfortunately, the bee cannot survive this trauma and dies as a result.

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  • Bob Tucker Sep 4, 2016 at 2:03 am

    I’d say because I smash the shit out of em’.

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