TIL that bees die a very gruesome death when they sting you. “As the honeybee tries to pull out the stinger, it ruptures its lower abdomen, leaving the stinger embedded, pulling out instead a string of digestive material, muscles, glands and a venom sac.”

Read more: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/science/honeybee-sting-kill-bee

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  1. Only Honey Bees.

    Most species of bee have smooth stingers, and can sting repeatedly. Honey Bees have a barbed stinger. While that kills the Bee, it allows the stinger to stay imbedded in the attacker and pump poison for minutes after stinging

  2. That’s right. For a honeybee to defend itself, or its hive, it has no choice but to defend to the death. Pretty serious stakes. If you get stung by a honeybee, just remember that from the bee’s point of view, dying in the act was absolutely necessary.

    Other stinging insects (like wasps) don’t have barbed stingers and can sting with impunity.

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