World's Most Painful Insect Bites
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This rather unassuming
inch-long ant is capable of inflicting the most agonizing sting in the insect
world. The Schmidt Pain Index describes it as “pure, intense, brilliant pain.
Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a three-inch rusty nail in your
heel.” According to victims who have suffered both the misfortune of being
stung by a bullet ant and being shot with a firearm, the feeling is similar (hence
the name). And the pain can last for 12 hours.
Where They’re Found: Mostly the rainforests of Central America, from Nicaragua to Paraguay.
How to Avoid Them: Bullet ants make their nests where they have easy
access to the rainforest canopy, so avoid laying your picnic blanket among the
buttress roots of towering trees. If one happens to crawl up your leg, hold
your breath—they often attack if breathed upon.