Does a queen bee ever sting?

Monday 1st August 2011
Submitted by mstaple

Yes. Queen bees have a sting that isn’t barbed and they can sting repeatedly without dying. When a virgin queen emerges from her brood cell, she’ll immediately seek out other virgin queens and try to kill them by stinging them. When only one is left, she’ll mate and begin laying eggs. Mated queens don’t leave the laying chamber and don’t sting again. 

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