Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Bee Sting

When we were installing the bees, I got pinged on the tip of the thumb.   It was no big deal.   I watched her do it, so I wasn't surprised and so it didn't hurt much.   It didn't swell much and it didn't hurt long.  This means I'm likely bee immune.    A good thing for a beekeeper, don't you think?



Here is where she got me.   A foolish move on her part, because when she stings, the stinger rips out of her body and she'll die.    Silly bee.

Notice the little sacs on top of the stinger?    Those are full of venom.   You don't want to grab the stinger at the top and squeeze that venom into your finger.




No, you want to flick it off with the edge of a knife or card or your fingernail.   Don't squeeze it!

I used a fingernail to flick it out.   You can see those sacs are pretty big.   It would have hurt a lot more if they'd emptied into my poor thumb.  

5 comments:

  1. That sucker looks like a giant cartoon bee stinger! I've had bees and wasps sting me at the weirdest times and in the strangest places. Minding my own business. Mowing the lawn. Walking into my house. Swoop...buzz...ouch. Glad you're bee immune!

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  2. You know what i love about you? Instead of freaking out during whatever incident, you get photos taken and you blog about it! LOL!

    I've only been stung once...25 years ago...alas, I didn't know then to flick it off (and it was on the sole of my foot). I ended up limping for half a year. :P

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  3. Yikes! I agree with TeresaR. Glad you kept your cool & knew what to do, and SO lucky to be immune!! I wish. I'd love to have bees but bee allergies run in the family, and the only time I was ever stung my ankle swelled up like a grapefruit. The doc said the bee must have had a bacterial infection which it passed on to me. Nice. Though I do still consider it from time to time.

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  4. Thank you! Now my education is complete. You are a cool cucumber in these situations. I agree with TeresaR too. :)

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  5. Thanks guys, but I'll just tell you right now that if one of them surprises me with a sting, I won't be very cool. I'm pretty jumpy and I don't like painful surprises. I'll shriek and probably say something not fit to print.

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