Can Bees Fart?

If you’ve ever seen a bee up close, you know that bees are amazing. They have superpowers! Can they also fart? 

Yes, bees can fart. And when they do, it’s called methanethione gas. Also, there are a couple of factors that affect the frequency and “smell” of their farts, which vary from time to time. 

But is this just an urban legend, or is it actually true? We’re going to dive into the science behind bee farts, so let’s get started!

The reality of the farting of bees

It is a fact that bees are capable of flatulence. Bees, on the other hand, do not fart in the same manner that people do. Since bees are insects and not mammals, they don’t digest food in the same way we do. In contrast to humans, who expel waste via an anus (or a cloaca, if you’re a bird), these creatures expel waste through a tube known as an ileum, which is located in the buttocks (which is also used by butterflies and moths).

At first glance, this might look disgusting, but it works well: the tube helps break down food into its individual nutrients more quickly by absorbing them directly into the bloodstream. This means that the nutrients don’t have to travel through the entirety of your body before being absorbed into your bloodstream.

Because of this, digestion is sped up, and the body is able to absorb nutrients far more rapidly than it would be the case if all of the food had to pass through the digestive tract first, as it does in flies, rather than only being broken down by these specialized organs.

How do they fart?

Due to the fact that bees have an open digestive system, it is possible to detect the odor of their flatulence. The rectum is the passageway via which bees expel gas, much like yours. The intestines of bees are far shorter than those of humans, so when they feel the need to pass gas, they don’t have to go nearly as far as you do.

Since the anuses of bees are placed near the end of their abdomens, you should be able to observe a bee farting while it is resting on its back if you pay close enough attention to it.

When a bee burps, gas comes out of its rectum and “spiracles,” which are holes in its abdomen. Methane and carbon dioxide are the two components that make up the gas.

Bee farts: what do they smell like?

Bees fart when they eat food. Bees fart when they drink water. Bees fart when they eat honey, pollen, nectar, and other insects. They also fart when eating dead bees (if you can find a way to feed them that).

When a bee eats its favorite food, it starts by chewing the food with its mouthparts called mandibles. Then it mixes this masticated material with enzymes from a sac-like organ called the crop in order to digest it better before passing it into their midgut through the peritrophic membrane (a membrane which separates the gut from other organs). 

From there on out, all the nutrients are absorbed into their bodies while any waste remains behind in their hindguts, where bacteria break down sugars and proteins until there’s nothing left but gases like methane or hydrogen sulfide — both of which smell bad!

How much do bees fart? 

It has been speculated that each worker bee is capable of producing as much as 8 gallons worth of gas in a single day. When contrasted to the size of humans, who generate at most a teaspoon’s worth of saliva every day, such a quantity appears to be an excessively large amount for these little organisms.

Where do bees fart?

The beehive is the location of the fart. The bees can keep their colony at a temperature of 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) and a humidity level of about 70%. This will help keep the amount of carbon dioxide and humidity in the hive at a healthy level.

The honeycomb has three layers: an outer layer that is solid and has no holes, a middle layer that may or may not have tiny holes that let the bees breathe, and an inner layer with larger holes that serve as vents and let excess carbon dioxide escape. Bee flatulence plays a role in the maintenance of this equilibrium inside the hive.

Do bees defecate?

So, yes, bees do defecate. They have a digestive system and an anus just like humans do, but they don’t have a rectum (the tube in your body that connects your colon to your anus).

The bee’s gut ends at the crop, which is where food is temporarily stored. It then passes through the proventriculus into the ventriculus where enzymes are added to break down proteins and carbohydrates before it goes on to be digested in the midgut glands; these are responsible for breaking down fats and proteins into amino acids so they can be used by cells throughout their bodies. 

Once its nutrients are extracted from food, it travels through their hindgut where its waste products exit through an opening called an anus (which you know as poop), which leads back out of their body cavity via a rectum or colon until it exits out through another opening called the urodeum.


We know what you’re thinking: “But can bees fart?” but the answer is no. The correct response is “yes,” and they are also able to defecate. In this respect, bees are quite comparable to people since, like humans, they have digestive systems and organs such as the colon.

However, in contrast to us humans, who typically only pass gas once or twice a day at most (if not even less), bees do so a great deal more often as a result of the high water content of the nectar that makes up the majority of their diet. This indicates that their intestinal tract requires the same amount of time as ours does in order to digest food before it can excrete waste via their anus.