I don't know whether to be relieved or worried that someone else on this forum shares my childhood fear of bees. In my case, I clearly remember the incident that caused it: Getting stung on the ankle by a bumblebee when I was very young (Yes, contrary to popular belief, bumblebees can sting!). As an adult, I've mostly grown out of it, although I will still avoid carpenter bees. Fair warning to everyone: Don't ever take a parasitology course unless you're prepared to be scared of everything for months. I still refuse to swim in unchlorinated freshwater.