Life in a Hive
- Wild Colonies
- Life in a Hive
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Once a worker bee's stinger has developed, she can take on the job of keeping the hive safe. Guard bees position themselves at the hive's entrance to detect intruders (including bees from other hives), often by smell.
Worker bees can sting mammals such as skunks only once, but can sting other insects repeatedly without dying.