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Why Do Honey Bee Sting?

by Hari M


Why do honey bee sting?

The honey bees will sting and cannot take back its barbed stinger. This stinger will be left behind along with the small portion of digestive tract, nerves and muscles on the skin surface of the victim. The honey bees generally do not have tendency to sting and harm others. But, it does that when it predicts any threat to the hive. If the honey bee is very far from the hive, it does not sting until someone else steps on it or frightens it. It is noticed that when a honey bee stings, it will die.

The stinger of honey bee constitutes two barbed lancets at the tips of each of the sting halves. The bee is destroyed or killed by the massive rupture of the abdomen. The group of nerve cells was known to coordinate with the stinger muscles and the digestive system, which are left behind. The barbed shafts of the sting were found to rub front and back to insert it deep into the skin by the muscles that are attached to the stinger. The venom sacs of the muscular valves of the bee will secrete toxins on the wound and the bee is killed due to abdominal breakage. The sting along with the venom sac and many internal organs of the bee get separated from the bee. All of these elements remain along with the sting in the skin of the victim. Therefore, the bee dies after that.

When a bee stings it releases pheromones mixture with the help of glands that are situated near the sting. The pheromones will stimulate other bees in the hive to use their stings too. They tend to sting those who move closer to them. All honeybees sting and they do this to protect themselves as well as the hive. The bee leaves behind the parts of its body as a form of defense.

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