From angry aggressive ants … to swarming wasps and killer bees … here are 15 of the world’s worst insect stings
#15 Fire Ants
What would it feel like to be stung by one of these insects? The clue is in their name. When these aggressive critters bite it’s followed by a sting from their abdominal area. And that creates the effect of being burned with fire. The sting later swells into a bump that can become irritated and infected. Severe allergic reaction to the ant’s sting can result in loss of breath, severe chest pain, and slurring of speech.
#14 Jack Jumper Ants
They’re a larger-sized species of ant, going about 0.5 inches long (1.3 cm). They’re found mostly in southeast mainland Australia and Tasmania. They’re called Jumpers because some species can display an ability to jump for long distances. Along with their aggression, these ants are noted for their sting which is delivered by a barbless stinger and can sting indefinitely. Those painful stings serve to both kill their prey and scare off predators. While their sting can cause some discomfort in humans, it’s actually the venom that might be the greater concern, since it can have some fatal effects. If a human is allergic to it, potentially fatal symptoms like falling blood pressure.
#13 Bald-Faced Hornet
Its common name is linked to the insect’s black and white (or piebald) coloration which distinguishes it from others in its genus. And it’s actually a type of yellowjacket wasp, not a true hornet. Their sting results in pain similar to what you’d feel if you got your hand caught in a slammed door, but it only lasts for a few minutes. Did you know these insects can spray venom from their stinger into the eyes of its aggressors?
#12 Red Paper Wasp
Paper wasps get their common name due to their behavior of chewing plant and wood fibers to create a paper-like material they use to construct nests. And they can build some of the largest nests of any wasp species. They’ve been documented to reach the size of a dinner plate and contain more than 5,000 individuals. This species is also known for imparting a painful sting that been compared to a lingering acid burn. Along with swelling and itching, some victims can develop a full body rash.