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- So why do bees die when they sting you? Well, it ultimately depends on which biologist you ask.
Perhaps because they're disposable parts of a larger super-organism which has evolved by multi-level selection. Perhaps because they're happy to die for their sister-producing factory known as the queen, fuelled by kin selection and the haplodiploid genetics of the Hymenoptera.
Nothing is certain because we don't have a time machine to trace the evolution of bees. Biologists are certainly still debating about it and neither kin nor group selection has reached unanimous consensus.