Got stung by a bee yesterday on the meat of my thumb, while stomping about the front yard planting plants. Fiery pain, followed by raging ache, settling after a few hours to deep bone-ache. Now, 24 hours later, it's just the world's itchiest mosquito bite. Did not leave a stinger. Could barely even see the entry mark. Do ground-dwelling bees not lose their stinger when they sting? These guys look exactly like honey bees - but about half the size: < 1cm or so. I thought ground-dwelling bees were solitary. This was a nest - tunnel entrances all over a 3 foot radius. A dozen or two bees boiled around the area for an hour or so. What ground-dwelling bees (in the Great Lakes area) are social?