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Why Do Some Insects Sting?

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So when a wasp or a bee stings us are they just being jerks?  Although, as many of us know, getting stung by an insect sure feels as though we have been done a wrong in which we have little chance of reciprocating.  But perhaps we should cut those stinging insects a little slack.

As can be guessed, insects possess stingers in order to secure food.  For example, Parasitic Wasps will sting and therefore disable caterpillars to provide food for their young.  This violent method of securing food may be a far cry from hopping in the car to make a trip to Trader Joes, but we can certainly understand the noble desire to feed our young.  Bulldog ants will also subdue larger insects with their fear inducing stingers.

Of course providing sustenance is not the only reason insect’s evolved stingers.  Lets consider the honeybee.  Honeybees, as we know from their title, love honey, but so do bears.  If there is one single source of honey, which animal do you think will fend off the other in order to enjoy that wonderful sweetness?  Turns out bees will often deter bears from chowing on caches of honey by stinging them if they come near the sought after honey.

Although being stung by an insect is unpleasant, it may not be a bad idea to cut them a break since their stingers are their primary tool for defense and sustenance.

Have you ever been stung by a bee or wasp? Why did you think they stung you?