Most Painful Insect Stings

All stinging insects are nasty, but some are REALLY bad.

Some insects have agonizing stings; others just make you hurt a little bit. These stings are not just weapons, they also use them for self-defense. Here, we will discuss the insect stings that were voted to be the most painful, and meet the nasty bugs that have them.

The Sweat Bee

Sweat bees are members of a fairly big family of bees that drink human sweat. Just like all bees, the main food of the sweat bee is nectar, which they take from flowers. However, they also have a taste for human sweat. They often land on humans to drink their sweat, at which point many people would try to flick the insect off and probably get stung. Fortunately, the venom of the sweat bee is mild and does not cause any major problems, for most people anyways (People with insect allergies should still seek medical attention after being stung). The sweat bee’s sting, while moderately unpleasant at first, is not very bad and will most likely just make a sort of “ouch” pain for a split second. The sting has been described as “Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm”. In other words, the sting of a sweat bee is really not much to worry about. But the next insect in the countdown is not so gentle.

The Fire Ant

Fire ants are some of the best known of stinging insects. Commonly just called “red ants”, the fire ants are abundant and widespread. Their nickname of “red ant” is a bit of a misnomer, as the fire ants are more of a light brown color than red. Fire ants are more aggressive than the black carpenter ants that they often co-exist with, and sometimes will sting without being provoked. They most commonly sting for a more obvious reason: to defend their nest. Most fire ant stings occur close to the small underground colonies the ants inhabit. Fortunately, like the sweat bee, fire ants’ stings are not excruciatingly painful. The sting has been described as “Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch”.  Again, you don’t really have to go out of your way to avoid fire ants unless you’re allergic. But there’s another ant that you might consider staying away from.

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