Both Bees and Wasps are able to sting humans and animals to defend themselves, but what makes their stings different? Most of us can say we’ve been stung by a bee or a wasp before, and it’s no fun. Minding your business working on your yard when suddenly, you feel an sharp, intense pain. You cry out! Taking a moment to realize what just happen, you’ve been stung!
So why do bees and wasp string? It’s to protect their nest, they’re attempting to defend their hives from any perceived threats. While you may of thought you were just minding your business, you made the insect so uncomfortable that it felt like the only course of action, was to attack. Both bees and wasp will do this, but wasp stings are more common because they’ll build their nest on human architecture; while bee hives are in more natural environments.
Bees stingers are barbed and designed to pierce and stick in the skins of their victims, this results in the bees losing their stingers and causing the bee to die. While with wasp, their stingers remain attached after they have stung, allowing them to sting multiple times unlike bees.
While for most people a sting from a bee or a wasp won’t cause any too much harm, their are some people who are allergic to the venom from either a wasp or bee. For these people they may need to take medication after being stung or in extreme cases, may even need to go to a hospital.