This may be an odd question, but it's popped up in many conversations. I know that they die because, aside from losing their stinger, they suffer abdominal rupture too severe to survive. However, it's always seemed odd that they sting out of fear of danger and getting hurt, but they die afterwards anyway. Doesn't that sort of defeat the purpose of stinging to begin with? So my question is this: Do bees know that they will die prior to stinging somebody or something?