• Question: how come wasps dont die the first time they sting you, but bees do?

    Asked by louisap to Adam, Amylou, Mark L, Samantha on 13 Jun 2012.
    • Photo: Amy Evans

      Amy Evans answered on 13 Jun 2012:

      Hi louisap

      Both bees and wasps inject their venom with a stinger attached to their bodies. Wasps and most bees can pump the venom into your skin, remove the stinger and then fly away. The honeybee’s stinger, however, is barbed and it sticks in your flesh. When the honeybee tries to fly away, her stinger rips from her body. As the stinger is attached to the honeybee’s digestive system, it dies from the trauma. However this only happens when the person or creature being stung has thick enough skin for the stinger to get stuck, otherwise a honeybee could remove its stinger without it ripping from her body.