Do all bumblebees have a sting?

No, drones – that’s male bumblebees – get by without this weapon. Their only task in life is to impregnate young queens. During the roughly half-hour mating ritual, the genitals of the two bumblebees will hook into one another. The young queen will bend her stinger upwards to avoid wounding the drone. A few days later, however, the drone dies.


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