Do Bees Bite or Sting?

And Why They Do Each


Bees are some of the insects that send people running (even adults!) because we have be taught to fear being attacked by this stinging insect. But, did you know that bees bite as well as sting? Here’s the catch: it’s their enemies they bite, not you! So, if you’ve ever had someone tell you certain bees bite instead of sting, they’re not wrong, it’s just that they aren’t going to chomp on you.

Why Bees Sting

Bees have one thing in mind: protecting their hive. If they feel like their hive is threatened, they will attack whoever and whatever the culprit is. Most often, a bee will die after stinging you because the barbed stinger gets stuck in your skin, detaching from the bee and ripping off other parts of the bee’s body as it does. That’s how dedicated bees are to protecting their colony.

If you’re stung by a honeybee, you can be sure it’s a female; the males don’t have any stingers! They actually inject a venom called apitoxin.

Why Bees Bite

Honeybees bite enemies that are too small to sting, like wax moths and parasitic varroa mite, that make their way into the hive. The bite contains a natural anaesthetic that paralyses the victim, and the bees can then drag the body out of their home.

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