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The Most Painful Sting in the World

For more wildlife news, find BBC Earth on Facebook and Posterous. What's the most painful sting in the insect world? In the jungles of Panama Steve faced his fear and handled a mind blowingly painful stinger–the bullet ant. A sting from most ants is nothing more than a painful nip, often with a bit of formic acid thrown in. But not the bullet ant. In 1984, a man named Justin Schmidt published a paper in the journal Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology. 1.0 - Sweat Bee: Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. 1.2 - Fire Ant: Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. 1.8 - Bullhorn Acacia Ant; A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. 2.0 - Bald Faced Hornet; Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. 2.0 - Yellow jacket; Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. 2.0 - Honey Bee: Like a match head that flips off and burns on your skin. 3.0 - Red Harvest Ant: Bold and unrelenting. 3.0 - Paper Wasp: Caustic burning. 4.0 - Tarantula Hawk Wasp: Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric.

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