Generally, humans try to avoid getting stung by insects. However, in the name of science, the betterment of humanity, and pure curiosity, there are brave people out there who willingly subject themselves to the business end of the most potent stinging insects in the world!
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Dude I found this insect and I looked it up it was called the fly ripper and it stung me and my skin on my hand (where I got stung) was peeling off and it was so painful. I’d like to see coyote try this.
First, was a fire ant rating 1 in pain index. Next, is a honey bee rating 2 in pain index. Next, is a yellow jacket which is rating 2 in pain index. Next, is a red harvester ant rating 3 in pain index. Next, is a red headed paper wasp rating 3 in pain index.
Next, is a warrior wasp rating 1.4 in pain index. Next, is a tarantula hawk which rates 2.4 in pain index. Next, is a bullet which rates 4+ in pain index. The end! Dude, you forgot the velvet ant. It is a cow killer which also rates 4+ on the pain index and burns for 30 minutes feeling like getting stung over and over again.
Evidently there's a 9th that bears mentioning, the Executioner Wasp. I'm not sure that Schmidt tested its sting, but I know that the fairly popular YouTube explorer Coyote Peterson has, and he says it is most certainly more painful than the Bullet Ant.
That's interesting. I have found honey bee stings to be much more painful than that of a yellow jacket. I got stung by what appeared to be a yellow jacket on the top of my left shoulder over the summer. I just felt a little tiny poke, and, a few minutes later, I got an unbelievably itchy red, hive-like welt where the sting was, and I found that my arm was really weak. So, I took Claritin and put some hydrocortisone cream on it. The welt and weakness were gone in about an hour, but, I got a bad headache and felt really sleepy for a couple hours afterwards.
Honeybees, however, their stings feel like being poked by a red-hot needle, and I get really sore for several days afterwards. Maybe I'm just more sensitive to honey bees than yellow jackets.
If you love bugs and ants
Edit:where’s the executioner wasp? According to Coyote Peterson the executioner wasp takes over bullet ant’s throne plus the executioner wasp is on your thumbnail btw
I looked up a video of the warrior wasps doing said drumming and attack and it is the most terrifying looking thing. https://youtu.be/1_K7Tp97PsE they're just like "boom boom boom boom boom boom... **all quickly attack very loudly**" I'm just imagining a torture method where you're tied to a chair in a semi-dark room and this warrior wasp nest slowly descends down a few feet from your face, they make their drum, and then they just loudly attack you, in which hundreds of these wasps take over 2 hours of agonizing pain, that will probably slowly kill you
6 year old me,sitting on a log hitting it with a stick. 6 year old me not knowing the log was full of fire ants. 6 year old me in serious trouble! My mom hears me screaming and she sweeps me up and takes me over to the garden hose,pulls off my amazing 80s outfit and sprays me off with the hose. She took me to the ER. I was treated and sent home. A few days later the stings all over my body were itchy and drying out. I even had stings on my private parts. I was complaining about the itching and burning on my privates. My mom told me to go into the bathroom and get some of my cream to put on it. Well as a young child I didn't read the container. It was VICKS VAPO RUB! I can tell you that putting camphor on ant stings on your lady parts is the worst. As an adult I can say that I have never in my life experiences anything worse!! JS. 😬
Schmidt should have considered fortunate to have never experienced the sting of an Asian Giant Hornet. Those are essentially the equivalent of pure evil in the insect kingdom. The pain of their sting is the worst, yet the least of concern, because its venom can paralyze you, kill you by shock and even cause necrosis.
i hear the bullet ant got a well deserved 4 on the schmidt sting index. the bullet ant is said to have the most painful sting in the world. the pain actually feels as though someone fired a bullet through your flesh
What's interesting is that apart from their painful sting, tarantula hawk wasps are actually pretty chill. You have to really aggravate them to get them to sting you. I've seen a video of one eating a grape!
Paper wasps are more like a 5+ if they get you in the right spot.... I will tell you all first hand, let a paper wasp sting you in the neck, anywhere near the jugular.... You don't have to be allergeric to think your throat will close off
That makes no sense. I have had my legs covered in fire ants, all of them stinging, but I have also had my hand covered in harvester ants, and the fire ants felt worse. I even pick up harvester ants with my bare hands, and when they stuck me, it barely hurt.
Cool video! I got pinged here because a paper of mine is referenced :-)) Thanks!! [Mind a detail though: the picture showing with several red ants are not really fire ants. Not sure if it is still possible to change that?] Congrats on a great video and channel, I have just subscribed
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