If there is one thing we can be sure of, it is that not all bees sting. And most of them, due to how they are born, simply can't sting, such is the case of male bees, which are insects that do not have any type of stinger to sting or defend themselves by sticking venom into a victim when they feel threatened, whether it is a predator, attacker or human.

Why do bees die after stinging?

As previously mentioned, it is known that not all bees die, many species such as the melipona bees don't even have a stinger, there are also other species such as woodpeckers that can sting repeatedly without worrying about dying, even so, although there are bees that can sting without any problem, there are other species that simply die after stinging.

Only female bees are the ones that sting and have a stinger, this is because the stinger inside their bodies is a modified form of their egg-laying organ, unlike males that do not have a stinger in their bodies. Exactly, the bees that die when stinging are the so-called honey bees, which are the ones that produce honey.

The sting of honey bees is totally different from other bees and wasps as it is not smooth, most of these stingers are smooth and needle-like, but honey bee stingers are serrated and saw-like. It is quite important to note that not every time they sting they die, how come?

Bees are insects that are characterized by a function they perform depending on what type of bee it is, where it is found, and its classification.

This is because some honeybees attack other insects in defense of their hive; therefore, they are able to sting their aggressors many times and be able to inject small amounts of venom and safely remove the stinger after each sting without any problem or worry of dying. The main reason they don't die is because when they attack any insect that is not very large or big, the stinger of course can't bury itself.

When a bee stings a larger or bigger animal such as a bird, or even a human, the stinger goes all the way into the skin of the aggressor. The bee's stinger is structured in such a way that when it reaches a certain depth when attacking, the stinger cannot be pulled out because its shape is serrated like a saw, which is why when bees try to pull out their stingers with force, they're mostly tearing and cutting their abdomens, losing most of their digestive systems and muscles as well.

However, their venom glands are so strong, so, the death of the aggressor is very extreme because the stinger continues to dig and inject as much venom as possible, even if the bee is no longer alive, the stinger will continue pumping venom until it completely stops.

When a bee sticks its stinger into the skin, it releases proteins that are inside the released venom, that same venom causes a lot of pain and can affect the immune system and skin cells. Bees do not usually sting unless they feel threatened. After stinging, bees cannot free themselves and die as a result.

A bee's stinger is not simply a defense mechanism, it also has parts of the digestive tract, muscles and nerves that are very important for a bee to live, when they sting and cannot pull the stinger back out, they lose everything and slowly tear themselves apart.

Bee on lavender
All bees are insects worthy of admiration, yet, they are living beings that deserve to be respected and therefore should not be disturbed if you do not want to suffer a serious and painful sting.

What happens when a bee stings the human body?

After about two minutes, your skin will turn slightly red and after about six minutes the area around the sting will turn white; within half an hour a large blister will appear in the area where the bee stung.

The venom injected by a bee has a very strong and extreme effect on all vertebrates, as time goes by, the pain will get progressively worse and then the wound will be very red. The melittin toxin which is the main component of bee venom is what produces the pain in vertebrates.

Many people claim that a bee sting can be more deadly to a person who has allergies than to any other person who isn't allergic at all. This is because if you don't have any kind of allergies, your body can still fight the venom inside your organism.

All bees frequently attack people when they feel that these people represent a threat to their hive, after a sting from any bee, the venom of these insects releases an alarm pheromone, which also alerts the death of any bee to the others in a hive and this will attract many more.

The pain of a bee sting has been described in many occasions as painful, intense and strong; many people claim to compare this stinging sensation to walking on burning coals with a metallic nail in your heels.

Only queen bees can sting an unlimited number of times and remain intact, and this is because their stingers have a much softer structure and therefore these bees are capable of making many venomous stings even in succession.

Bees take advantage of the first light of spring
All bees work as a team.

When a sting is instantaneous and occurs on a human, the body will be fighting the venom that has just been injected by any bee, the venom of any bee dissolves in water if we try to wash the sting away, therefore, all the toxins are spread immediately after any sting on some area of the skin; white blood cells are also the first ones in our body to fight against the bee venom, these cells are a kind of tactical squad in charge of protecting the body from the antigens of the bee venom.

The more time elapses after any bee sting, the greater the redness and pain in the affected area; on very rare occasions, a bee sting can even provoke a quite strong and severe reaction in the human organism and cause death in a person, a study by the University of Melbourne has shown that many people have died from bee stings in Australia, as well as from snake bites. (http://ve.scielo.org/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0798-02642006000100001)

All bees without any doubt are some of the most wonderful beings that exist on our planet earth, these insects are responsible for the production of one of the most delicious and beneficial liquids on the planet which is honey. One of the most interesting characteristics of bees is how they communicate with each other to prevent attacks or simply pass information among the entire colony.

Bees communicate absolutely everything for their survival by using each of their senses to communicate messages, they also use smell to locate pheromones and they use their buzzing to indicate that danger is very close to them.

Honey bees
Bees communicate themselves extraordinarily well and can alert an entire hive if danger is near.

Bees are extremely intelligent living beings, they can use their sense of taste to inform all their companions of the quality of the plants, it is because of this and many other characteristics that they are considered ones of the most intelligent beings on the planet, because of the way they organize and communicate.