Ever stung by a bee and think
it's the worst? Well, there's a new sting-o-meter developed by a researcher who
seems to have been bitten by almost every insect possible, which may help you
identify which insect bite causes the most amount of pain.
Researcher Justin Schmidt from
the Southwestern Biological Institute, Arizona, has been bitten by 150
different bugs during his lifetime, which is why, he turned to develop a unique
sting-o-meter which can effectively scale the pain caused by insect bites.
The scale on this strange yet
cool sting-o-meter ranges from zero to four, with one meaning a minor pain and
four leveling up to the drop-down worse pain you could imagine.
Being quite experienced himself,
Schmidt claims that the worse and the most painful bite is from that of a
bullet ant, which he claims, "'makes you want to lay down and die."
In contrast, the bite of a fire
ant is much less painful. "They have this kind of sharp, piercing sting," he
He further compared the bite from
a tarantula hawk to being hit by 20,000 volts!
On his unique scale, Mr. Schmidt has sorted out the
bites from a fire ant as one, the bites from bumblebees and honeybees as two,
the sting from warrior wasps, tarantula hawks and bullet ants to four.