Q: Do all honeybees sting?
A: No, only female honeybees (workers and queens) sting. Honeybees are fairly docile, unless they or their nest is disturbed. A worker bee, which has a barbed stinger, will die after stinging an enemy once. A queen can sting repeatedly; she uses her smooth stinger to kill other queens in the hive.
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