All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

This Bee stinger display is located at the nature center at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, TN. It is a great way to show the difference in the barbed stingers of honeybees and the smooth stingers of all other bees, wasps and ants. A worker honeybee's...
This Bee stinger display is located at the nature center at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, TN. It is a great way to show the difference in the barbed stingers of honeybees and the smooth stingers of all other bees, wasps and ants. A worker honeybee's stinger is pulled out when she stings and the venom sack continues to pump. It is important to get the stinger out quickly to keep from being invenomated too much. Do not grab and squeeze the stinger, it must be scraped out by a fingernail, knife blade, or even a credit card. The bee dies after losing her stinger. Female worker bees live for 4 weeks, the final week they are in the field gathering nectar and pollen. They are the most commonly seen honeybees. Male bees have one purpose in life (mating), when that purpose has been accomplished, they die (like the workers, the males also lose a body part! I won't go into too much detail, this is a family-friendly site!). ;)

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