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A bee has a poison gland in her abdomen. When she stings another insect (like a wasp), she can pull the stinger out of the waspís body and get away. So if a bee is fighting another insect, she can sting many times. But if a bee stings a person or a large animal (frog, raccoon, etc.) the stinger sticks in the animalís tough skin and keeps pumping poison. The bee flies away, but she gets torn in half and dies. Bees only sting if they think they or their hive are in danger. If one bee is buzzing around you, she may smell perfume, soap, or hair spray and think the smell is nectar (food). She will check you out to see if she can find the nectar, but if you stand very still, she will realize there is no nectar and go away.
IIRC queen bees can sting repeatedly.
By the way, am I the only one who read the title of this thread and thought the answer was "because it would be silly if they died before they stung you"
I am not allergic to bees, but I am still deathly afraid of them. The thought of a sharp stinger penatrating, and the pain..
Killer bees are lab created, do they leave their stinger in after they sting you, or does their genetically enhanced state help them survive.