Why do bees die after they sting?

Because the stinger is attached to the honeybee’s inner parts, nerves, muscles and intestine. When the (worker) honeybee stings a human, the stinger is stuck to the human’s skin. Then, the honeybee instinctively tries to fly away, leaving behind a fraction of its inner parts, something that results in the honeybee’s instant death. However, this applies only to worker honeybees. A queen bee can sting multiple times without dying, due to different stinger provision. Nonetheless, a queen bee sting is very rare. Almost all stings to humans are caused by worker bees. Drones do not have a sting.

How long do honey bees live?

Queen: 3-5 years.

Worker Bees: 6 weeks during spring, summer and autumn and up to 4-5 months during winter.

Drones: They die soon after they mate. Maximum lifespan 4 months

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2.) Honey Bee Society Structure and Organization

3.) How Honey is made by Bees

4.) Beehive and Equipment Supply

5.) Beehive Location and Placement

6.) How to feed Bees

7.) Honey Bee Swarming

8.) Preparing Beehives for winter

9.) Harvesting Honey

10.) Common Bee Diseases & Pests

11.) Major Honeybee Pests

12.) Major Honey Bee Diseases

13.) Bee Poisoining from Pesticides

14.) Q&A on Bees

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