Most PAINFUL Insect Stings In The World!

Most PAINFUL Insect Stings In The World!

From nasty ants to giant evil wasps, here
are 10 of the most painful insect stings…. 10. Yellow Jacket Wasp Yellow Jacket Wasps are the number one cause
of stings on humans in the US as a whole. Variations can be found in countries around
the world, with some being bold, aggressive, and able to sting their targets repeatedly. Chances are that you’ve experienced a sting
by a Yellow Jacket yourself, and it can be a nasty sensation. The pain, which lasts for about 10 minutes,
is caused by a venom that’s injected through the puncture in the skin and can cause swelling
and redness within a few hours. The effects of the sting are rated as a level
2 on the Schmidt pain sting index, the measure that’s used to describe how painful insect
stings are. Justin O. Schmidt, the creator of the index,
is retired entomologist from the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Arizona. He organizes the pain felt by an insect sting
from 1-4, with 4 being the most painful. Fire ant stings are just a 1…so….yeah… He assigned Yellow jacket wasp stings a 2
to give a reference to everyone of how painful stings and bites at higher levels can be. He describes the yellow jacket’s sting as
being ‘hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W.C Fields extinguishing a cigar on
your tongue’. Schmidt has been stung thousands of times,
most times on purpose, to analyze different stings and has compiled his experiences and
rankings in his book called “The Sting of the Wild”. Contrary to what you might think, he’s not
a masochist, but he was trying to understand the evolution of social behavior for insects
such as wasps, bees, and ants. Guess what he found out?? The more a colony has to lose and the more
risk, the more pain the insects inflict and the more toxic its venom. A sting is like a bazooka!! 9. Trap-Jaw Ant The Trap Jaw ant is a type of carnivorous
ant that lives in Central and South America, as well as Asia, Australia, and Africa. There are more than 1000 different species
of Trap Jaw ant, each of which has the telltale giant jaws that can snap shut quicker than
the blink of an eye- sometimes as fast as in one-tenth of a millisecond. Being bitten by a spring-loaded jaw like this
is, understandably, rather painful- so much so that it was given a 2.5 on the Schmidt
pain index. The pain experienced is described as ‘Instantaneous
and excruciating. A rat trap snaps your index fingernail.’ Those who are stung by the Trap Jaw ant can
expect to experience this pain for up to 10 minutes. The ants don’t just use their incredible bites
to attack predators or prey. They have also been seen using it to simply
eject intruders from their nests, or even to fling themselves backwards to get out of
harm’s way. 8. Paper Wasp Paper wasps are found in North America, mainly
throughout the Southern Midwest and the South. Unlike other wasp species, they are known
to share nests with others and even return to the same nest for multiple seasons. Paper Wasps are the most common type of sting
encountered by people in the Southern US and have longer and more slender bodies than yellow
jackets. They love to set up their nests in trees and
gardens so many an unsuspecting gardener has accidentally trimmed around the nest, making
them angry!! Their colonies are small, typically consisting
of up to 100 individuals, and they rarely sting far away from the nest. The males aren’t able to sting at all, so
it’s only the females that you need to be careful around- particularly later in the
fall when they are looking for hibernation sites. The sting itself injects venom into the victim,
and the searing pain can last for around 10 minutes. Schmidt describes the pain as “caustic and
burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid
on a paper cut.” Yikes!! If it makes you feel any better, everyone
except the fertilized queen will die in the winter. And then the process will start all over again
in a new hive. 7. Maricopa Harvester Ant The Maricopa Harvester Ant is commonly found
in Arizona and other southern US states. They tend to build their nests in mounds of
rocks and gravel, but can also create cemented caps on the tops of nests that are built in
softer areas. While they may look no different to other
types of ants, these ones pack a punch with their bite. Their venom is often said to be the most toxic
insect venom of any in the world, more than 20 times the strength of that of a honey bee—luckily,
they only release it in small doses! Schmidt, specifically mentioned the Maricopa
Harvester Ant at level 3, and described the pain as, ‘After eight unrelenting hours
of drilling into that ingrown toenail, you find the drill wedged into the toe’. Wow, that is really descriptive and makes
me really want to NEVER be bitten by one of these!! The pain can last for up to four hours, but
its attack method compounds this feeling. The ant will grip on with its mandibles, and
writhe about into different positions, releasing further doses of venom as it does so. This is incredibly effective against vertebrate
predators, such as horned lizards, and sure to make you regret getting too close to one! 6. Giant Bull Ant Giant Bull ants are one of the largest types
of ant in the world, and can grow up to 40 mm in length (1.57 inches). They are very recognizable both by their huge
size and their giant mandibles. Of course these giant ants with potent venom
are native to…..Australia!! Obviously!! Their colonies are quite small for ant species,
with only about a few hundred or so in each one, but they defend them aggressively. Hikers and campers often encounter them in
the bush and have experienced the extreme pain they can inflict. The ants have excellent eyesight, which allows
them to detect intruders no matter the light levels, and they have no hesitation to attack. Most who fall victim to the Bull Ant think
that it’s the giant mandibles that have bitten them but, in fact, it’s a sting in the abdomen
that causes it. The venom that the sting injects is capable
of causing pain for a number of DAYS after the encounter, yes, DAYS, and the ants are
able to sting repeatedly; Enabling them to effectively defend themselves against aggressors
and also to capture insect prey. Despite their gigantic jaws, the adult bull
ants feed on nectar. But their larvae however are fed with dead
and paralyzed insects that are then eaten alive. 5. Velvet Ant Velvet ants are actually a family of more
than 3,000 different species of wasp. (Their name is very misleading)! The females are wingless and, therefore, resemble
furry ants running around. They can be any of a range of colors, such
as orange, red, or gold, and are found throughout the world- with 400 species in the American
Southwest alone! I saw a big, fuzzy white one running around
while I was visiting family in New Mexico! While they may look cute, the velvet ant sting
packs a punch- so much so that they are also called ‘cow killer ants’ because it’s rumored
to be strong enough to kill a cow!! Velvet ants will only sting in defensive scenarios,
but if you are unfortunate enough to anger one, the searing pain will last for up to
half an hour. They are solitary animals, which means you
can easily come across one without any sign of a larger colony. Females will even dig into the nesting chambers
of other species of bees and wasps, and lay their eggs on the larvae- which serve as a
food source for the young velvet ants when they are born. If you see a male, though, there’s no need
for concern. They have wings, so are able to feed on the
nectar of flowers.. but this comes at a trade-off… they have no stingers! 4. Warrior Wasp The Warrior Wasp is a species endemic to Central
and South America. It’s a large paper wasp that builds complex
colonies to combat the large number of predators it faces in the region. The species swarms when moving from nest to
nest, and can be highly aggressive. It does, of course, have a powerful defense
method with its sting- one that’s ranked at the top level of a number of pain measures,
and is said to be traumatically painful. In writing his pain index, Schmidt described
the Warrior Wasp’s sting as ‘Torture. You are chained in the flow of an active volcano. Why did I start this list?’ Hes talking about his index. Upon being stung, the pain can last at this
extreme level of intensity for 150 minutes and usually requires medical attention to
try and relieve the symptoms. The problem with the warrior wasp is that,
due to its swarming nature, single stings are rare, and those that come into contact
with them will be subjected to multiple stings. Beyond the severe pain that you would experience,
further health complications would inevitably follow. It’s not called a Warrior for nothin!!! 3. Tarantula Hawk Is it a bird? Is it a spider? It’s the tarantula hawk!! They are actually a type of spider wasp and
get their name from their fondness for hunting tarantulas. Reaching up to 4.5 inches in length (11.43
cm), there are 133 known species of tarantula hawks across South and Central America, along
with the southern US. The spiders are much larger than them, but
the wasps have an arsenal that’s more than enough to take on a tarantula, with researchers
never having seen a spider win in a confrontation. The males get their nutrition from nectar,
and it’s the females that hunt tarantulas to provide food for their offspring. They sting them with their sharp, curved,
stinger that can be up to 7mm long… and the venom permanently paralyzes their prey
but keeps them alive. The wasp then lays an egg on the spider, which
becomes a meal ready in waiting. For the sting to have this kind of effect,
you know it has to be powerful. Most predators stay well clear of tarantula
hawks, but roadrunners do enjoy eating them if they can catch them. On a human, the sting is rated on the top
level of the Schmidt pain index, with Shmidt himself describing the sting as ‘Blinding,
fierce, shockingly electric. A running hairdryer has just been dropped
in your bubble bath’. Luckily the pain doesn’t last for very long,
rarely more than 5 minutes, but you’ll be left with swelling and redness for up to a
week. 2. Bullet Ant Bullet ants are found in the tropical forests
of central and South America, and are identifiable by their red and black coloration, along with
their large pincers and a visible stinger. They can grow from 18-30 mm (0.7-1.2 in),
and build colonies of a few hundred individuals around the bases of trees. They mainly feast on nectar and small animals,
like butterflies, and they are not aggressive unless provoked. If they do decide to attack, though, they
can inflict one of the most painful stings of any insect, because it will make you feel
like you’ve been hit by a bullet. It’s indigenous name translates to mean ‘the
one who wounds deeply’. A sting from a single bullet ant injects a
neurotoxin into the body, and leads to severe pain for 24 hours, along with other side effects
such as blood in feces, a pulsing heart rate, muscle spasms, and the accumulation of fluid
in the stung area. Shmidt described the pain as ‘Pure, intense,
brilliant pain. Like walking over flaming charcoal with a
3-inch nail embedded in your heel’. Others have reported it feels like waves of
pain as if you were getting hit by a red hot poker for at least a day. If that sounds bad enough, it gets worse. When a bullet ant stings, it releases chemicals
that attract other ants to join the attack and sting repeatedly. If you aren’t able to get away from this
onslaught you will most likely be in and out of consciousness for at least a few hours. Good news is that there are little to no lasting
effects after 24 hours, although many people say they don’t know how they made it. These ants are used in tribal initiation rites
where the Satere-Mawe of Brazil make teenage boys wear gloves filled with bullet ants that
are sewn in pointing inward so they repeatedly sting the boy’s hands. These boys repeat this ritual about 20 times
and then, they become warriors. 1. Executioner Wasp Executioner wasps are found in Central and
South America, where locals do everything they can to avoid contact with the species. It’s a large species of paper wasp, with vivid
yellow and brown colorations, and can be identified by their large wings and mandibles, and almost
futuristic looking design. The wasp has a hidden secret, though, as its
stinger only protrudes when it’s planning to use it. Schmidt didn’t test an executioner wasp
sting when creating his index, but others have described the sensation as far worse
than that from a bullet ant, and with longer lasting effects. The searing pain lasts for a long time, and
can even cause tissue necrosis, where fluid fills the region around the sting site, and
flesh can begin to die and rot away if not treated properly. Coyote Peterson who worked his way through
various painful stings, said that the executioner wasp sting was way more painful The strength of their sting seems overkill
for their preferred prey of caterpillars, but it is certainly an effective defense method,
with other animals doing everything they can to avoid crossing paths with one of these
wasps. If you ever find yourself in the jungle regions
where they live, be very careful!! Of everything!! Thanks for watching!! I hope you never experience these stings for
yourself. If you have let us know your story in the
comments below!! Would love to hear it!! Be sure to subscribe and see you soon!! Byee

100 thoughts on “Most PAINFUL Insect Stings In The World!”

  1. Ha…..the most painful sting in the UK is from a tax man on payday. We have nothing here that really hurts at all, which is fine by me.

  2. I left a soda can unattended and a wasp got into it and thank God it was weakened from being in the liquid so it didn't sting my toung that bad but it hurt a lot because I'm allergic

  3. Those times when you calmly walk thru tall grass . and your shoe all of a sudden sinks down into a yellow jacket nest …
    You "can't " out run them .. Especially when tripping on fallen trees … xD

  4. The one and only time I was stung was by a bee that go sucked into my car and landed down my shirt while driving down the highway with the windows down. Wasn't too bad. I wasn't even sure what happened. I felt something flew into me and there there was a warm discomforting feeling on my collar bone area that also felt like my skin was tightening. I was in my early thirties and before that I had never been stung even though I would antagonize wasp nests as a kid. Never been stung since either.
    Wolf spider bite was worst in that it remained red, swollen and itchy for days. Other than mosquito bites I can't think of any other bug bites.

  5. I got stung by a yellow jacket right between my 👀 then it went in my 👕 and got me 4 more times. Had to go to the ER my head was killing me.

  6. The Giant Desert Centipede sent Coyote Peterson to the hospital even after pumping out the venom and using the epinephrine pen. H said the is the worst sting ever. It even made him cry.

  7. This whole video, I was waiting for her to mention Coyote Peterson. That's litterally the entire reason I clicked on this video. She actually did mention him. I'm so happy.

  8. thanks for interesting video. I've been alarmed at cruel, heartless, callous, devious nature of some wasps. They're seem incredibly intelligent and cunning for such tiny creatures.

  9. i aint never been stung by a yellow jacket.dont think we have any in Oz.but true story,i got mugged by a kangaroo.bastard scratched my eye,kicked my belly n jacked me bagga food.fukn a-hole kangaroo.was jus feedin da cunt too.still got the scar on my eye,but the kick tho.that fukn stung,winded tf outta me.

  10. In Australia where I live we have some particularly nasty spiders that kill you but one in particular is called the Whitetail called by its white stripe on it’s tail and when bitten by a mature adult one the bite becomes festered and will eat away your flesh down to the bone and in most cases weeps puss and blood for life .. I got bitten by a baby one and I screamed in pain it was so intense.

  11. I have been stung and bite by 10,7,5 and 3 The tarantula Hawk’s Sting was the worst by itself but the worst I ever got was hundreds of ant bites on my head after falling in the nest

  12. Try getting stung by 50 or 60 yellow jackets at once. The pain scale goes way up. Almost every autumn I get into a nest. Always a BIG SURPRISE when it happens! I could fill a book with yellow jacket adventures.

    One time I stepped on an in-ground next and my foot collapsed the hole and went into the ground. Hundreds were on me in seconds and wouldn't let go of my clothes. They latched on with their mouth. I had to strip naked while running, right near a major highway, then try to get inside my house without being stung another 50 times. Several made it inside with me. They were in my hair. They were still swarming my pants outside the door after dark. Some of the stings on my face left sores and hurt for a week.

    My uncle let me use his deer stand once. It was a homemade stand on stilts about 18 feet tall with a big school bus seat to sit on. I climbed up in the stand with my shotgun and sat down. Yellow jackets began to pour from a hole in the seat to my left. What would you do? I did the only sane thing possible at that moment… I jumped. My chin hit my right knee when I landed. Bad day.

    Here in Louisiana we have leaf cutter ants that look like the harvester ants. Leaf cutters don't sting. I saw harvester ants once in Texas and got too close to their nest thinking they were leaf cutters. Very painful stings. They crawled up my pant's legs. My cousin had warned me about the "fire ants" and I thought he meant the NORMAL tiny fire ants. I laughed. The joke was on me.

    We're infested with paper wasps here too. I've hurt myself more than once jumping off roofs trying to escape being stung to death by them. Jumped out of a boat once too and landed on a jagged stump. One time I was picking pears and had climbed up on top of a tall shed to reach more. I grabbed two pears, turned around to put them in the bucket, and got stung about 5 times on my back. SUPRISE!!! Had to jump. Fun times. They could be anywhere…a tree…barbecue grill….a bush….ANYWHERE! They do eat lots of pests in gardens so I leave them be if they're not near the house.

    I put my shoe on once and was bitten by a scorpion. To me that was the most painful thing ever. They pain wouldn't go away for over an hour. Certain spiders who live in the water here hurt really bad as well…similar to a scorpion but not as intense.

    I've also been bitten three times by copperheads. That's always a big surprise too. Extremely painful and very scary. Copperheads are more vicious than water moccasins. They often panic when they see you and attack. Venomous snakes are everywhere here too.

  13. For the 3% of you reading this I hope you become successful in everything you dream of and accomplish more than you imagine. I’m a music artist from Chicago. I aspire to make it out🙏🏾

  14. I can confirm that the Velvet ant is heckin bad…. I was younger and picked it up not knowing what it was and got stung.. It hurt bad and even bad enough felt a bit light headed. It seemed to ease off about 45 minutes but dang that crap hurt and will never forget it ! Live and learn!

  15. I’m from middle Georgia, and “cow killers” are abundant here. Having been stung by one as a child, I can confirm that it is NOT fun!

  16. Schmidt was an idiot! Only 4 levels of pain for 132,000 possible stinging insects! Ridiculous! And don't get me started on his asinine descriptions of the pain. His index is a joke!

  17. Small but packs a punch is right oy. Why is State of New Mexico not shown lol it's yellow with the Zia Symbol will confuse more people thinking New Mexico is Mexico rofl😋🙂

  18. Yellow jackets stung me last summer at work lol but next week the white faced hornets attacked me, even worse! This video rocks by the way!☺🐝

  19. LOL, the info in this video is so wrong. E.g. the "snap" of the trap-jaw ant is not what hurts, its the sting.

  20. No japanese giant hornet on this list ??? But the executioner wasp is the NR 1, thats true. Nr 2 is the bullet ant. Nr 3 is the japanese giant hornet.

  21. Isn't the giant japanese hornet's sting more painful than the bullet ant's sting? It's sting is at least much more powerful than a killer bee's or a yellow jacket's sting and it has venom so potent that it could literally melt holes in your skin. Im surprised it didn't make it on the list.

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