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    bees and wasps

    im told its the female of the species that does the stinging?

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    Hmmm, I don't know much about many things, but I thought that most bees are sexless drones. Odds are they'd be the ones doing the stinging.

    But what do I know? Where's Spot when you need him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott
    im told its the female of the species that does the stinging?

    http://www.honey.com/kids/facts.html
    http://www.enchantedlearning.com/sub...asp/Wasp.shtml

    these should help.
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    Well, I was way offbase about drones. We call ourselves worker drones at work, so I figured they were the same thing.

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    You need to distinguish between sex and sterility. What stings you might be an infertile drone but it's invariably female.

    As Snooze points out below, the correct word in this post should have been "worker", not "drone".
    Last edited by spot; 04-13-2006 at 07:28 PM. Reason: factual correction

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    According to minks' link, a drone is a male that fertilizes the queen's eggs. The workers are the... well, workers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnoozeControl
    According to minks' link, a drone is a male that fertilizes the queen's eggs. The workers are the... well, workers.
    Yep. Knowing what distinguishes words like "drone" and "worker" is half the battle - wasp sexing isn't something I do when I see a wasp. I prefer not to be in the same room. The difference between social hive insect species and solitary insect species in terms of the function of drones and workers quite frankly has me beat.

    If it stings, it's female. If it's social and not in a nest busy breeding, it's either a queen on its way to form a new colony or, more likely, a worker out foraging. If it's solitary then I've no idea how you'd tell male and female apart, or whether there's a drone and worker category at all.

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    I thought it was Paul Newman and Robert Redford in The Sting..............

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    AGHH who mentioned bees and wasps, where!!?? I just can't stand those things, they are EVIL!!!!

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