I have to admit that before I began this website, I had never heard of a dog getting an anaphylactic reaction from a bee sting. Since then, however, many people have reported severe allergic responses in their dogs. Today, Emily Wilson of DesirablePuppy shares some of her expertise. Thank you, Emily. Introduction If you have […] Read more
The Sting of the Wild: The Story of the Man Who Got Stung for Science by Justin O. Schmidt. Johns Hopkins University Press, Maryland. Copyright © 2016 by Johns Hopkins University Press. This review refers to the hardcover edition. I got a nasty sting yesterday. In the first 15 seconds, I exhausted every cuss word […] Read more
I am fascinated by the amount of ouch that comes along with a bee sting. After getting stung by honey bees so often, I was amazed at how differently stings from other bees can feel. For example, the sting of an alkali bee is sharp like a pin prick, but the pain recedes immediately and […] Read more
I just got stung three times on the butt. How is that possible? How can you face your bees and get attacked from the rear? Well, it has to do with my favorite pants. My brown and grungy cargo pants are perfect for working around the yard. I fill the pockets with screwdrivers, trowels, hive […] Read more
After I posted “How to get stung 22 times in one place,” many beekeepers and gardeners wrote in with suggestions for dressing bee stings. I decided to put all these remedies in one place, so people can find them. This is a work in progress, so be sure to leave your favorite remedy in the […] Read more
No. The venom of Apis mellifera scutellata, the so-called Africanized honey bee, is no more toxic than any other Apis mellifera subspecies. The problem with Africanized honey bees lies in their behavior: In short, it is the number of stings, not the toxicity of the stings, that causes a problem.
You don’t have to keep bees for long—no more than fifteen minutes or so—before you start hearing the allergy stories. It seems that one out of every two people you meet is either deathly allergic to bee stings or has a (choose all that apply) sibling, spouse, partner, parent, aunt, uncle, cousin, or child who […] Read more