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'Sting-O-Meter' That Tells You Which Insects Cause Most Pain

by Dr. Enozia Vakil on  August 2, 2013 at 11:14 AM Health In Focus   - G J E 4
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.
'Sting-O-Meter' That Tells You Which Insects Cause Most Pain
'Sting-O-Meter' That Tells You Which Insects Cause Most Pain
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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.

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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 claimed.

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.

Source: Medindia
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