World's Most Painful Insect Bites
the sting of the common honeybee. The toxic cocktail of melittin and other
amines acts on the heart and restricts the blood vessels. The pain is hot and
messy and familiar to almost everyone, which is why Schmidt placed the honeybee
sting in the center of the pain index.
Where They’re Found: Honeybees may have originated in Central Asia, but
there are now 20,000 varieties worldwide.
Avoid Them: Geographically speaking, you can’t avoid them. Once stung, you’re even more of
a target: they secrete a pheromone that encourages other bees to attack. The
substance can’t be washed off easily, so hiding in the river for the swarm to
pass is a bad idea.