When a honey bee stings a person, it cannot pull the barbed stinger back out. It leaves behind not only the stinger, but also part of its abdomen and digestive tract, plus muscles and nerves. This massive abdominal rupture kills the honey bee. Honey bees are the only species of bees to die after stinging.
13. Male bees die upon mating.
The genitalia of honey bee drones pop out explosively at mating with a sound one can hear, paralyzing and killing them. Males of other species can and do mate more than once.
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