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    Default Queen bee stings

    Has anyone ever been stung by a queen? and if so is there a noticeable difference?
    The wind blows freely, carrying the petals, pollenating our footsteps.

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    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesfaqs.htm#queensting

    "The queen will never sting a human being, while if you think the workers will not, you come with me. As stated, a queen will never sting anything but a rival queen. I might qualify that statement by saying a queen never stings anything but a queen, or what she thinks is a queen. I was stung by a queen once but I insist it was a case of mistaken identity, for she thought I was a queen. It happened thus: I had been requeening some colonies and in removing the old queens I killed them by pinching them between my thumb and finger. I had wiped my thumb and finger on my trouser leg. A virgin queen circled me a few times probably to adjust her bomb sights then made a pin-point landing on the spot where I had wiped my thumb and finger, and planted her sting in my leg. Yes, she thought I was a queen. While greatly appreciating the compliment, I would much prefer she would show her appreciation in a less militant manner."--Jay Smith, Better Queens

    http://www.bushfarms.com/beesbetterq...d%20a%20Worker
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    I have received a sting in a similar manner, not a bad sting, she has no barb to hook the stinger in you.
    John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com

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    due queens have venom glands?

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    MB, that particular passage was actually what made me wonder about that.
    The wind blows freely, carrying the petals, pollenating our footsteps.

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    Yes they do there are some differences:

    http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/j...61896/abstract
    John B Jacob www.oldsolbees.com

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    I started reading that link, but I think it was in some foreign language. Scientese or something.
    The wind blows freely, carrying the petals, pollenating our footsteps.

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    I looked at the whole thing, It was a whole lot over my head though.

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    this past summer was the first time I was stung by a queen. I was requeening a observation hive and was holding her in my fist. I took her by the wings to put her in and they tossed her out the same hole. when I grabbed her so she would not fly away she stung me in the hand as I was closing it on her to hold her.

    It was very wierd it felt more like a fire ant bite then a sting.

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    Once, as a wee lad, by father gave me a virgin to play with. When it crawled up my sleeve, it was pinched, and stung me, leaving a small welt.


    Roland

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