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Can a dead bee sting?

 
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luk_lak
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:32 am    Post subject: Can a dead bee sting? Reply with quote

Yesterday I was cleaning my TB hive and taking out debris (mostly dead bees) from the bottom. I was doing it by hand without gloves.

To my surprise I was stung. So either there was a bee still alive there or I was stung by a "zombee" Wink
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catchercradle
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is certainly possible to stab yourself with the sting of a dead bee. Usually the dose of toxin you get will be pretty minimal though.
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Manuel Robert
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering about this too, in regards of bee venom therapy/ apipunctur ( for personal use ), thus not having to harm and disturb the bees for this ( which is why I have refrained from this up to now ).
It would be interesting to know if the venom deteriorates chemically and how fast. Anyone knows about this ?
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AugustC
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes you can sting yourself with a dead bee.
The amount of venom would be v.small.
The venom is very heat labile and would also dry out quite quickly.
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