Why do bees die after stinging?

Only worker bees sting when they are in a desperate situation, but not all bee species sting.

The stinger is a hollow tube through which the poison passes and that is attached to some internal organs. Apart from the poison, it is important to remove the stinger immediately because when the bee stings, it releases an alarm pheromone that triggers the attack of other worker bees.

When a person is stung, the bees introduce their stinger. Since its profile is serrated and our skin is thick, the stinger gets stuck and they have no choice but to leave it there. This causes an abdominal tear (leaving behind its digestive tract) and it is the cause of the bee’s death.

Like a kind of kamikaze, worker bees of some species start stinging their victim to defend the rest of the hive, even if their chances of getting out alive are minimal: they risk evisceration and a horrific death. KeepingBee

However, this does not occur in all bee species. Also, when they sting an animal with thinner skin they can remove the stinger without dying.


The process of leaving part of the body behind as a form of defense is called autotomy. Another example of autotomy is the loss of the tail of lizards when they feel threatened.

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