Bumble Bee Sting Vs Wasp Sting

Bumble Bee Sting Vs Wasp Sting

You might know that the stinger of a bee and a wasp differ because bees have barbed stingers and wasps do not.

queen hornet stinger
Queen European Hornet Stinger

When we look at bumble bees though, this is not the case. Of course there will be differences by species; however, the European Tree Bumble Bee (Bombus hypnorum) does not have a barbed stinger!

Having a stinger with no barbs means that these bumblebees could sting you multiple times, just like wasps and hornets.

Wasps rely on their venom to subdue prey, whereas bumblebees only use theirs in defence.

Don’t think for a second that bumblebees will not defend their nests robustly. It’s a crazy myth that bumblebees don’t sting. The good news is that the sting of a bumble bee is usually not that serious.

From experience, we know very well that the venom of a wasp sting causes far more pain and swelling than the venom of a bumble bee.

Wasps are also more capable hunters than bees, so you might be fortunate to escape from bumble bees, but wasps are a whole different ballgame.

Wasps will also try and attack anywhere on the body, but again, from experience, we know that bumble bees of all the species we have encountered go straight for the face.

Conclusion: Wasps are a far more dangerous proposition, but bees have the edge when it comes to homing in on your face!