Do All Bees Die After Stinging?

Do All Bees Die After Stinging?

All Bees Die After Stinging: Myth

Bee stingers are tiny, needle-like syringes used as a defense mechanism when these insects are attacked or feel threatened. The stinger of a honeybee is barbed, so when they sting it is left behind along with a portion of their abdomen and digestive tract causing significant damage to their bodies resulting in death.

A common belief is that all bees can only sting once and then die soon after. While this statement is true as it relates to the honeybee, there are other Hymenopteran (bees, wasps, hornets) species that can sting multiple times. In bumblebees, yellow jackets and wasps, the stingers are far smoother and don’t damage their bodies after they retract them – which means they can live on to fight another day.

Sources:
“Bee Stings” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dept. of Entomology
“Bee sting” Wikipedia