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Which acid is present in stings of bees and ants ?


A

acetic acid

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B

nitric acid

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C

oxalic acid

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D

formic acid

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Solution

The correct option is D

formic acid


  1. The sting of bees and ants contains formic acid (HCOOH).
  2. For getting relief from this we can apply basic salt like baking soda (NaHCO3).

Reaction involved:

NaHCO3(aq)+HCOOH(aq)HCOONa(aq)+CO2(g)+H2O(l)

Therefore, formic acid is present in the sting of bees and ants.

Hence, the correct option is (D).


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