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Stinging Myths About Bees

Most people think bees are a nuisance. They sting, they buzz, and they cause little children to run for cover. They’re at every picnic and family function during the summer months. We avoid them at all costs because no one wants to be stung. Some are allergic to their stings, others just want to avoid the pain. It’s when we really understand these bees that we begin to appreciate them. Bees are always looking for food and then heading back to the hive. They don’t really care that your there, they are on a mission, a mission that involves filling their bellies.

Did you know that not all bees sting? It’s true and prior to popular belief; they are not out there looking for us and going to attack when we walk by. When we get in a bees way, we may get stung if they feel they are threatened. They don’t want to sting us, but it is their act of defense. They are more interested in getting to a source of pollen than stinging. They aren’t the vengeful insects that people make them out to be. Bees like to mingle among nature and want to be left alone.

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Scientist say that there are over 20,000 species of bees in the world. While you may find bumble bees, honey bees or even sweat bees, they are just a few of the thousands of bees that are out there. If you have been stung, blame it on the girls. Male bees don’t even have the ability to sting. A male bee doesn’t have a stinger at all. So that means over half the bees you come in contact with don’t even have the ability to hurt you.

While you may not think of it this way, bees are actually very social. The only time they will sting is if they feel threatened. If they feel you are going to hurt their colony or hive, then they will try to protect their family. They really mind their own business and while on a flower, they certainly aren’t going to fly off to sting you for no reason. They are way more interested in getting that pollen. Think of them as a teenage boy with an insensible hunger. All they think about is food.

When they do actually sting people, it’s because they mistake you for a flower. If you are wearing bright colored clothes or have strong perfumes on, they will land on you in hopes of getting some pollen. If there are flowers around, they would much rather thhave them than you. If you have been stung, you will find that it is probably from a yellow jacket, wasp, paper hornet or regular hornet. These insects can sting multiple times and are known for attacking people. Bumble bees are often wood borers and don’t sting. They just want to eat wood. They can fly at you and make a bunch of noise, but they aren’t known for stinging.

Some parents put these fears about bees into their children. Teaching children the facts can encourage them to avoid running at the sight of a bee, and to not kill them just because they come near us. Bees are an important part of our food system, and we need them for their bee pollen liquid gold. Killing a bee because it is a threat is foolish. They should be encouraged to go back outside and do what they do best, pollinate the earth.