It started when a honeybee flew up Michael Smith’s shorts and stung him in the testicles.
Smith is a graduate student at Cornell University, who studies the behaviour and evolution of honeybees. In this line of work, stings are a common and inevitable hazard. “If you’re wearing shorts and doing bee work, a bee can get up there easily,” he says. “But I was really surprised that it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.”
That got him thinking: Where’s the worst place on the body to get stung?
Everyone who works with stinging insects has their own answers, but Smith couldn’t find any hard data. Even Justin ...