August 06, 2003
Not Just Ants In My Pants!

Just a little something that happened last night.

Put on a new pair of pants I bought last night around 10pm because my friends wanted to see me in them (there is a story behing that that I just might get into later). After I put on my pants, I felt this kind of stinging in my leg. Looking for the reason, I pulled up my pants and a BEE fell out onto the floor. How strange. No idea how it got there (obviously the bee flew in there at some point and had no idea of getting out) but it stung me and died sadly on the floor.

If he would have asked, I would have let him out without him having to commit suicide.

Does anyone know why bees die when their stinger comes out? Why did this happen evolutionary? Anyone know?

Posted by marc at August 06, 2003 10:58 AM | TrackBack

a bee's stinger is made of two shafts, lined with barbs like fishhooks. When a bee stings, it can't pull the barbed stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger, but also part of its digestive tract, plus muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture is what kills the bee.

I ripped this off of a 4th grade web site.

Posted by: jared on August 28, 2003 11:13 AM

hey marc, i would just like to say that i read your site. but once i figure out that there is nothing here about me i stop. sorry about that bee...that sucks for you.

Posted by: brooke on August 24, 2003 10:55 AM

Hi Marc, don't mean to be facetious but doesn't it seem a little peculiar that they wanted to see you in your pants for no reason? Do you think they might have planted the poor little be to get at your honeynuts?

Posted by: Mike on August 20, 2003 01:20 PM

wow, sorry that happened to you marc! anyways, i don't know why evolution made bees die after they sting you, but they die because their guts get ripped out when you pull their stingers off of their bodies (for some reason, the guts are attached to the stinger).

Posted by: lisa on August 8, 2003 06:03 AM

wow. another one of those 'only happens to marc' kind of thing. funny and tragic really. I'm glad you're not allergic to bee stings but I'm sure it hurt more than the ant bite on my belly button the other day.

Posted by: teddy on August 7, 2003 10:25 AM

Michael and I were just talking about that last night, how strange. I'm clueless as to why they die. Mike thinks that the force of pulling the stinger off of their own bodies pulls out some of their insides. Wasps on the other hand don't die they can sting and keep on going. Sorry about the bee sting and the dead bee, hope it didn't hurt too bad.

Posted by: Carrie on August 6, 2003 10:35 PM
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