dead bee sting

Asked March 22, 2016, 2:32 PM EDT

How long can a dead bee sting you, and can it after death?

Los Angeles County California

3 Responses

I haven't been able to find a definitive length of time to answer your question, but I can't imagine it would be any longer than a few minutes to perhaps an hour or two. Even then, the dead bee can't actively seek to sting you. The action of your hand or another body part brushing against the stinger may cause the release of the stinger, however. So if you stepped on a recently killed bee, you may get stung, but they are not like snakes that still may move and strike for a short period after being killed.

Thank you. But how long does it take for the dried out stinger no longer has venom in them? Appreciated.

A dead bee cannot sting you, its dead. IF you tramp on, squeeze, pinch a bee ( even if it is dead) and the stinger is able to puncture your skin then it will sting.
The stinger does not hold the venom, the venom sac within the bee does.
The venom sac, being a part of the dead bee is non-functioning and cannot pump the venom into your skin. UNLESS you do something to cause the venom to be injected into you by squeezing it or other. The venom in the dead bee will be viable in the sac till the sting organ dries out. a day or so.