15 SHOCKING Animal Stings

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From ants and scorpions … to … deadly jellyfish and killer bees … here are 15 shocking animal stings!


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#5 Asian Giant Hornet
An insect about the size of your thumb would be pretty hard to miss … and this critter is just about that size with a wingspan of around 3 inches … their bodies go about 2 inches long … and their stingers are about a quarter inch long (6mm) Located in tropical areas of eastern Asia, it’s easy to believe that this is the largest hornet in the world. And they have a fearsome stinger to go along with that wicked appearance. It injects large quantities of a powerful venom … which can cause cardiac arrest and/or hemorrhaging of the skin. The hornet’s sting has been described as having hot nails being hammered into the limbs. And once the venom is received, it marks the victim with a pheromone to let any giant hornets in the area know they’re on the run. And because the insects can fly at speeds up to 25 mph, they can be difficult to escape.






#4 Scorpions (AZ Bark Scorpion)
Scorpions are predatory arachnids, easily identified by their segmented tails with a venomous tip which curve over their backs. And the scorpion’s sting is well acknowledged for the pain it can inflict. But the biggest specimens don’t always pose the greatest threat. A general rule about scorpions says that the smaller the critter, the more powerful the venom. And that’s definitely the case with the Arizona Bark Scorpion. At just over 3 inches long, this is considered the most venomous scorpion in North America. Typically, its venom will immobilize its prey within seconds -- no pincers needed. It’s found in the southwestern US into northern Mexico, where more than 100,000 people are stung each year. The scorpion’s sting has become legendary for the instant, blinding pain it produces, often compared to a series of electrical jolts. Symptoms can include frothing at the mouth, numbness, and loss of breath. Even so, human fatalities are rare and an efficient antivenom is available. As if they’re not scary enough, did you know these are the only scorpions in the southwestern US that can climb trees?





#3 Warrior Wasp
Their name should give you some idea as to the aggressiveness of this insect. Found in the tropical forests of North and South America, warrior wasps are known for their threat displays when guarding their nests. Hundreds of wasps will drum from the inside of the nest, and continue to do so as they approach the envelope of the nest. If the drumming display fails to discourage the threat, the wasps commence to sting with a barbed stinger … and they are renowned for having one of the most painful stings recorded in the Schmidt Sting Pain Index (that’s a pain scale that rates different types of insect stings). Victims have compared the pain to like having hydrochloric acid spilled onto them. But that intense sting comes at a cost … once the sting is delivered, the wasp dies. Experts think that might account for the elaborate defensive displays performed by the insects.







#2 Tarantula Hawk Wasp
It’s not a tarantula, and it’s not a hawk … but it is a scary name for a scary looking critter, Actually, that name is a reference to the female insect’s proclivity for hunting down tarantulas, then using their corpses as feeding grounds for her larvae. Measuring about 2 inches long, they’re among the largest wasp species … and they’re known for delivering an excruciatingly painful sting. It’s been likened to receiving a series of intense, nonstop electrical shocks. By some measures, including the Schmidt Sting Pain index, it’s the second most painful sting documented.


#1 King of Sting - Bullet Ant (most painful insect sting per Schmidt Sting Pain Index)
If Bullet Ant sounds like a dangerous name, that’s because it belongs to a dangerous insect. The name is a direct reference to the unbelievable pain caused by the ant’s sting -- victims claim that it’s as painful as being shot. In fact, the Schmidt Sting Pain Index ranks it as the most painful insect bite in the world, and there don’t seem to be many out there who would disagree. Waves of burning pain can persist nonstop for 24 hours, resulting in lethargy and overall weakness before the misery ends. Bullet Ants can measure more than an inch long and are found in rainforests from Nicaragua to Paraguay … assuming you really want to find them.

15 SHOCKING Animal Stings

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