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World's Most Painful Insect Bites

Next time you’re out hiking, avoid these insects at all costs.

Tarantula Hawk Wasp

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The tarantula hawk wasp could scare anyone to death. Not only is it up to two inches long and three inches wide, but the females actively hunt tarantulas. While it’s very close to the most painful sting on earth, the agony is mercifully short-lived—it stops after a few minutes.

Where They’re Found: While tarantula hawk wasps are abundant in South America (more than 250 varieties have been identified), some varieties are common in the U.S., Australia, Africa, Asia, and India.

How to Avoid Them: Take afternoon naps. These monsters are least active in the heat of the day.

World's Most Painful Insect Bites

Tarantula Hawk Wasp

The tarantula hawk wasp could scare anyone to death. Not only is it up to two inches long and three inches wide, but the females actively hunt tarantulas. While it’s very close to the most painful sting on earth, the agony is mercifully short-lived—it stops after a few minutes.

Where They’re Found: While tarantula hawk wasps are abundant in South America (more than 250 varieties have been identified), some varieties are common in the U.S., Australia, Africa, Asia, and India.

How to Avoid Them: Take afternoon naps. These monsters are least active in the heat of the day.

Shari Weaver
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