Stinging Insects “PAIN LEVEL 4”

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Pain Level 4 is the highest level on the sting pain index as it relates to insects.  This what you can expect if you’re stung by an insect on this level. The bullet ants sting can be compared to walking over flaming charcoal with a three-inch nail embedded in your heel.”  The tarantula hawk which has  a venom composition that is unknown, though the duration of pain from the sting is short-lived, lasting only approximately 5 minutes.  The warrior wasp sting can be described as Torture the pain from it’s sting lasts up to two hours.

The Bullet Ant, named for its extremely potent sting. It inhabits humid lowland rainforests from Nicaragua and the extreme east of Honduras and south to Paraguay.

 Due to its notoriety, the ant has several Native American, Spanish, and Portuguese local names in different geographical areas. Perhaps the best known name is the Venezuelan (the “24 ant” or “24-hour ant”), referring to the full day of pain that follows being stung; it can also refer to the time it takes to kill a human.  In Brazil, the Portuguese names given by locals include (big black ant), and Native American-derived names are tocandera, tocandira, and tocanquibira.  It is most commonly known as the bullet ant because of the extreme pain it delivers following a sting, similar to that of getting shot.  

A tarantula hawk is a spider wasp that preys on tarantulas. They are one of the largest wasps, using their sting to paralyze their prey before dragging it to a brood nest as living food; a single egg is laid on the prey, hatching to a larva which eats the still-living prey.

Tarantula Hawks are among the largest of wasps, and have blue-black bodies and bright, rust-colored wings (other species have black wings with blue highlights). The vivid coloration found on their bodies, and especially wings, is a warning an advertising to potential predators the wasps’ ability to deliver a powerful sting. Their long legs have hooked claws for grappling with their victims. The stinger of a female can be up to 7 mm (932 in) long, and the powerful sting is considered one of the most painful insect stings in the world.

The Warrior Wasp is one of the larger species of paper wasps and exhibits multiple morphological adaptations as a result of this and is known for possessing a very painful sting.

The Warrior Wasp has a black-ish or dark blue color and has a metallic-like appearance.  Their wings are also quite large.  Their bodies exhibit erect hairs, and is imprinted with an area that resembles a dark triangle.  Color patterns vary among the species; some exhibit a reddish color, while others are completely darkened.


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