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.