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Honey is dear to us but honeybees may not be. Honeybees are amazing and one of the inevitable creatures of the world because they are the main agents of pollination which causes our plants and flowers to grow and reproduce from year to year. Honeybees are best when they are away and dangerous when we are close to beehive.

Honeybees are always searching for nectar or pollen and then at home protecting their hive. They defend their homes just like people do. If they perceive a threat to their hive, they will react by stinging and when honey bees sting they release pheromones that stir up nearby bees. One stinging honeybee can turn into hundreds or even thousands of stinging bees in just a short time.

In a beehive, the female honeybees are the ones that sting. The larger male drone bees do not even have stingers! Queen bees can sting too, but their stinger is not barbed and they can actually sting your multiple times without dying. Bee venom is a mixture of histamine, pheromones, enzymes, peptides, amino acids and other acids, with 63 components in total.

When a honey bee stings you, its sharp, barbed stinger pierces the skin. This stinger injects a venom called apitoxin. In most cases, the stinger gets stuck in the victim’s skin and tears loose from the honeybee and thus other parts of its body rip off with the stinger, killing the bee. The stinger then continues to pump venom into the victim for up to 10 minutes or until it is removed. Honey bees are the only bee species that die after stinging.

In spite of their painful stings, honeybees are an important part of their world. Without them, we would not have all the beautiful flowers that bloom during spring and summer. Avoiding bees when you see them will protect the bees as well as yourself.

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