Melissophilia is sexual attraction to bees. Yes, while you’ve been getting red-faced trying to chase those critters away from your picnic, others have been going red-faced in their presence for entirely different reasons. Here’s everything you ever wanted to know about melissophilia.
Melissophilia is a specific kind of zoophilia (sexual attraction to animals). It is also known as Melissaphilia. The word comes from the Ancient Greek for ‘honey bee’ and ‘love’. Why do people like it? Apparently some people catch bees with the intention of getting them to sting their genitals. This is because they believe this will increase swelling and hypersensitivity, increasing the intensity and duration of their orgasms.
Realizing that the bee sting was almost painless, (a man) developed his own procedure, which consisted of catching two bees in a jar, and shaking it to make the bees dizzy to prevent their flying away. ‘They were then grabbed by both wings so that they were unable to twist around and sting. ‘Each bee was placed each side of the glans and pushed to encourage it to sting.’ She adds: ‘the circumference of the man’s penis increased from 6.5 inches to 9.5 inches.’
What about the bees? Good question. It’s not like you can ask how they feel. And, while most bees would at least survive, honey bees die after stinging someone. What do the experts have to say about it? The fetish is incredibly rare, if it exists at all’, although people do catch stinging insects for sexual purposes. He told me: ‘I’ve never come across a true case of melissophilia (ie, sexual arousal specifically from bees), only men that use bees to increase the size of their penis. ‘They are unlikely to be true melissophiliacs. ‘There may be some masochists who get sexual pleasure from things that sting, including nettles and insects, but the focus of the arousal is pain, not the bees, so these would not be melissophilia.’
At what point might having melissophilia become a problem? If sex is consensual with informed consent, no fetish is problematic. Unless you might be allergic to bee stings.