"Do bees sting each other on the back or something? I was wondering. I know what bees make -- they make honey!"
- When a honeybee stings a mammal they lose their stinger because it gets stuck in the mammal's thick skin
- If a honey bee loses its stinger they will die so they only sting if they really need to
- Honeybees can sting other insects multiple times
- When workers are 21 days old they have the strongest stingers so they become guard bees
There are a few bees, called guard bees that stay near the entrance to protect their hive from intruders. They inspect every bee that enters. They can smell the bee and tell if they are from this hive or another. If a bee from another hive comes to the door with pollen or nectar the guards won't stop them. It's like they are bringing gifts. If a honey bee from another hive comes with nothing the guards won't let them enter. Here a a photo of a the entrance on a busy sunny day. As the hive population grows, I may make the entrance larger, but that will mean they will need more guard bees.