Question: Do all bees sting?
Answered by Jess Mullins
Melittologist Jess Mullins is a PhD student at the University of California San Diego
Why do bees sting?
- Bees sting when they feel threatened or when their nest is threatened.
- Only female bees can sting you because the stinger is also the body part that lays eggs, something only female bees can do.
Do all species of bees sting?
The females of most species of bees can sting you, but only if you bother them! There are some species of bees called “stingless bees” that live in the tropics of Central and South America – instead of stinging, they bite!
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