Some insects are more likely than others to cause allergic or toxic reactions.
A bee leaves its stinger behind and then dies after stinging. Africanized honeybees, the so-called killer bees, are more aggressive than common honeybees and often attack together in great numbers. Reaction to bee stings can range from minor skin swelling and redness to a serious allergic reaction.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP – Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD – Family Medicine E. Gregory Thompson, MD – Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O’Connor, MD – Emergency Medicine