Can a queen bee sting a human?
Yes, a queen bee can sting.
A worker bee has a barbed sting so can only sting once because the sting and venom sac is left in the victim when the bee pulls away. The queen has a smooth sting which she can withdraw, so she can potentially sting several times.
However, under normal circumstances you are unlikely to be stung by a queen. Soon after a new queen hatches, she goes on a mating flight where she will climb well above head height followed by the drones (male bees). After mating she returns to the hive and will not leave it again unless the colony decides to swarm to find a new home.
Within a swarm the queen would be closely guarded by the worker bees. She would not be flying free and able to sting anyone.
By the way, drones don't have a sting.
The queen bee has a smooth sting. It is curved and she will use it primarily to kill any developing queens in the hive. Once the queen returns from her mating flight about a week after emerging from the brood cell she will only leave the hive again with a swarm to find a new home. Cases of a queen bee stinging a human are extremely rare; even with beekeepers who are the most likely…
A worker honey bee's sting is barbed, so after she has thrust it into the victim she cannot pull it back out. When the bee pulls away, the sting remains behind, together with the venom sac and often part of the intestine. The resulting damage is fatal to the bee. A queen bee has a smooth sting so she can withdraw the sting and re-use it. Drones (male bees) don't have a sting.
The females (queen and workers) of most varieties of bee can sting. No males (drones) of any species can sting because the sting is a modified ovipositor (egg laying tube) -- an organ that males do not have. There are a few varieties of bee that do not have stings at all. These are mostly solitary bees.
The sting of an Africanized honey bee (proper name for what Hollywood and the sensationalist media call the 'killer bee') is no worse than the sting of any other variety of bee. Most people will just have a short period of pain from the sting, but there is a very small minority of people who are hypersensitive to bee venom, and for these people one sting can be dangerous -- even life-threatening. And the variety…
A honey bee queens has a sting that is smooth like a hypodermic needle so it can be removed after stinging. A honey bee worker s has a sting that is barbed like a fishing hook so it stays embedded after stinging. However, you do not need to worry about being stung by a queen bee since they only use them against other queens.
The queen be stands out from all the other bees. They are black and yellow and live upto 4-5 years. They can sting more then once and are the mother of all bees. Their is only one queen bee and she is the most perfect bee of the hive. The queen bee stands out from all the other bees and has the largest abdomen.
No, only one. Unlike most other bees, the honey bee worker has a barbed sting. Because of this, when a bee stings a human (or any other vertebrate for that matter) the soft, elastic flesh closes around the sting and it is impossible for the bee to pull it out. When the bee pulls away the sting is pulled out from the bee's body, together with the venom sac and the muscles that pump the…
Yes, only the females sting. All worker bees are sterile females. Their stingers are barbed and are left in the wound after the bee stings. This is fatal to the bee, it only stings once then dies a rather painful death. The queen bee has a barbless stinger so can sting and not die but are very disinclined to do so for some reason.
A wasp's sting is smooth and the wasp can withdraw it easily and without damage after stinging. A wasp can also sting more than once. A worker honey bee's sting is barbed, so when it stings you it cannot pull the sting out. When the bee pulls away it leaves the sting behind together with the venom sac and the muscles that pump the venom, and sometimes part of its gut. After this severe injury…