Asked by: Ronghua Picherasked in category: General Last Updated: 7th May, 2020
Do pollinating bees sting?
Keeping this in view, do any bees not sting?
The short answer is 'no'! And in general, bees are not out to sting people - they do so only if threatened or aggravated in some way. Firstly, there are species of bees actually called 'Stingless Bees'.
Secondly, do honey bees sting? When a honey bee stings a person, it cannot pull the barbed stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger, but also part of its abdomen and digestive tract, plus muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture kills the honey bee. Honey bees are the only bees to die after stinging.
Secondly, do bumble bees sting?
Sting. Queen and worker bumblebees can sting. Unlike in honeybees, a bumblebee's stinger lacks barbs, so the bee can sting repeatedly without injuring itself; by the same token, the stinger is not left in the wound.
What causes bees to sting?
When honey bees sting, they release pheromones that stir up nearby bees. When a honey bee stings you, its sharp, barbed stinger pierces the skin. This stinger injects a venom called apitoxin. In most cases, the stinger gets stuck in the victim's skin and tears loose from the bee.