Polk County Conservation

Bee and Wasp Stingers

  • I have a wasp nest in one of the swings on my swing set. It stung my daughter recently and wondered why it didn’t die afterward. Don’t all bees and wasps die after stinging you?

    No. The reason bees and wasps sting is because you are seen as a threat to the hive or nest. Honey bees live in huge colonies and will give up their life to save the colony. Once you are stung, a barbed stinger is left in the skin. The stinger is actually part of the bee’s abdomen and without it the bee dies. A wasp’s stinger consists of a tube attached to a sac of venom. Wasps can sting more than once by pulling out their stingers and using them again. As much as we may not like wasps, they are an enormous help to people by feeding chewed up insect pests to their larvae. Bees and wasps also help pollinate many crops and plants.

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    Administration Office
    11407 NW Jester Park Drive
    Granger, IA 50109

    P: (515) 323-5300
    F: (515) 323-5354
    pccb_info@polkcountyiowa.gov

    Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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