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Offline drone1952

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Bee bite?
« on: February 21, 2009, 05:52:22 AM »
With a friend of mine beekeeper I had an argument. He said that  he knows that the bee sting but in the same time the bee bite. He said the snap is very powerful . I don’t Know nothing about the bee bite.
I know I’m stupid asking this but I want to know your opinion.
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Re: Bee bite?
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009, 08:36:44 AM »
Its been a long time since this has been mentioned but I seem to recall a breed of honey bee that bit rather than stung. Couldn't find any info on it to provide a link but could swear this was discussed 3-4 yrs ago.


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Re: Bee bite?
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009, 09:19:53 AM »
I'm with you JP i know I read an article about bees that seemed to prefer to bite and seemed to sting as a last resort, somewhat how some report that russians like to head butt more than other varieties.  I think it was an article related to varroa control.  If I recall correctly they were doing survey counts of mite drops and separating them out by how many mites were bitten in half.  I haven't been able to find the article yet though.  Will have to search some more when I get time later.

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Re: Bee bite?
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2009, 11:17:33 AM »
I have a beekeeper in Costa Rica who deals with a stingless bee. but it bites. There is a small amount of acid in the bite to so the welt is pretty painful. Stingless Bees

I am not aware of them being in the US.

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Re: Bee bite?
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2009, 11:27:53 AM »
Yep, that's the article, thanks Brendhan.


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