Mojo is away for work and one of his coworkers made a comment about bumblebees that he found suspicious. Not having the internets available to him, I looked up the information and offered to do this post this in his stead.
The Claim: Bumblebees bite (as opposed to sting).
My immediate response to this was “I don’t even have to look this up to know that’s wrong, but I will look it up anyway.” So I did and here’s what I found.
Bumblebees do not bite. They have stingers. On their asses. Well, more specifically, the girl bees have stingers because they don’t have little bug “penises”. So only the queens and female worker bees can sting. The males have a genital capsule instead of a stinger.
One thing I did learn that I didn’t know though was that bumblebees can sting more than once. I always thought all bees couldn’t sting more than once, but it turns out that bumblebees do not have barbs on their stingers so they don’t get ripped off like, say, a honey bee stinger. The smooth stinger of the bumblebee allows them to sting you to their liking.
Looking things up is neat. I learned something about bees and when Mojo informs his coworker about the “bites” research, so will he. The system works.