Last night- I was topping up my garden pond with water- and decided to fish out some pond slime. I had my hand right under water when : WHAP! Stung! I pulled my hand out and saw a black spot where the pain was coming from on my finger- before I could think I scraped it off. It was so unexpected, had I had time to think I would have examined the stinger better.
I am 99% sure my hand was deep under water when I got stung. It was just after dark- and there were no bees visible anywhere at the pond. I think: my hand brushed against a drowned bee underwater and that’s how I got stung. There is a small chance a bee was snoozing on the surface pond scum and I woke it when I plunged my hand in- but I doubt it.
unless there is some type of aquatic stinging bug- that leaves a stinger in the victim- then I am pretty sure I got stung by a dead bee.
Heck of a sting too: today my finger is well swollen and stiff. I googled and yes: dead bees can sting. Who would have thought?