Here Are Top 10 Most Painful & Deadly Animal/Insect Stings To Humans
Interestingly, some of the most obscure and insignificant creatures on the planet can cause great harm/discomfort, or even cause the death of human beings. In the video below, we will highlight some of those creatures. The chances of having a run-in with some of these creatures might be minimal, but being wary of them would be something that you should be made aware of.
Here are the creatures mentioned in the video below you should avoid contact with:
Paper wasps are vespid wasps that gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Some types ofpaper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests.
The platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), sometimes referred to as the duck-
A tarantula hawk is a spider wasp (Pompilidae) that hunts tarantulas. Tarantula hawks belong to any of the many species in the genera Pepsis and Hemipepsis. They are parasitoid wasps, using their sting to paralyze their prey before dragging it to a brood nest as living food; a single egg is laid on the prey, hatching to a larva which eats the still-living prey.
Ants are eusocial insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the Cretaceous period, about 140 million years ago, and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and the distinctive node-like structure that forms their slender waists.
The Amazonian Giant Centipede, a large carnivorous centipede that is widely accredited as being the world’s largest centipede, reaching a maximum length of about 35 cm (14 in). Also known as the Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede or simply the giant centipede, it occurs in several areas of South America and the Carribean. As aforementioned, the amazonian centipede is one of the largest centipedes, routinely reaching lengths of 26 cm (10 in), and sometimes 30 cm (12 in) or more. Like other centipedes of the Scolopendra genus, the body S. gigantea has 21 to 23 well-marked sections, each section with a pair of legs.
The Gila monster (Heloderma suspectum, /ˈhiːlə/ HEE-lə) is a species of venomous lizard native to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexican state of Sonora. A heavy, typically slow-moving lizard, up to 60 cm (2.0 ft) long, the Gila monster is the only venomous lizard native to the United States and one of only two known species of venomous lizards in North America, the other being its close relative, the Mexican beaded lizard (H. horridum). Although the Gila monster is venomous, its sluggish nature means it represents little threat to humans. However, it has earned a fearsome reputation, and is sometimes killed despite being protected by state law in Arizona.
Arizona Bark Scorpion is one of the best-known species of North America due to the danger it represents for humans. It belongs to the Buthidae family and the genus Centruroides, along with another 69 species. The Centruroides sculpturatus have a length of 2.7-3.1 inches and males are larger than females. They are yellow with marked horizontal lines in the mesosoma; The tail is thin with a small telson and a stinger with a very pronounced curvature.They are stealthy predators with very fast and efficient movements, and although they appear to be less harmful than black and large scorpions, they have one of the higher levels of toxicity in their venom.
Stonefish are masters of camouflage and can blend in so perfectly with their surroundings that their prey, predators, and even human SCUBA divers have trouble seeing them at all. They almost always sit perfectly still, on the sea floor, in their preferred habitat of coral and rocky reefs, and their colors are often a perfect match for the substrate. Some individuals have even been observed with algae growing on them. While this camouflage gives them further protection from predators, its primary purpose is to allow stonefish to ambush their prey. They eat other reef fishes and some bottom dwelling invertebrates, but they do not actively pursue these animals. Instead, they wait for dinner to come to them. Waiting for hours at a time, stonefish strike when their potential prey is less than their body length away. Their powerful jaws and large mouths create so much pressure that they are easily able to suck down their unsuspecting prey and swallow it whole.
The Box jellyfish developed its frighteningly powerful venom to instantly stun or kill prey, like fish and shrimp, so their struggle to escape wouldn’t damage its delicate tentacles.Their venom is considered to be among the most deadly in the world, containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system, and skin cells. It is so overpoweringly painful, human victims have been known to go into shock and drown or die of heart failure before even reaching shore. Survivors can experience considerable pain for weeks and often have significant scarring where the tentacles made contact.
The Fire Urchin (Asthenosoma varium) is probably the most beautiful species of sea urchin in the entire ocean. It gets its name from its burning ember appearance. The red body looks as if it really could be radiating heat against the ‘cooler,’ darker spines. It’s so stammeringly enchanting that you might be inclined to touch it… but DO NOT. The other reason why this urchin is named after fire is that its spines are loaded with poison. If you get pricked by one of the spines you’re in for anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours of stinging pain. It almost reminds me of the giant ruby in Aladdin when Abu just couldn’t help himself… we all know how that turned out.
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