Ever wondered which insects have the most painful sting? This guy went through the pain for us!

Justin Schmidt

Meet Justin Schimdt. This brave man experienced stings and bites from a huge variety of insects in order to create the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. The paint rating ranges from 0 (unable to pierce skin/not paintful) to 4 (extremely painful). He published his findings in 1983, in which he listed the insects, the pain rating and also a nice little explanation of the pain! Here are some of his findings..

Sweat Bee

Sweat Bee

Pain rating: 1.0

Duration of pain: 1 minute

Feels like: “Light, ephemeral, almost fruity. As if a tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.”

Fire Ant

Fire Ant

Pain rating: 1.2

Duration of pain: 2-5 minutes

Feels like: “Sharp, sudden, mildly alarming. Like walking across a shag carpet & reaching for the light switch.”

Bullhorn Acacia Ant

Bullhorn Acacia Ant

Pain rating: 1.8

Duration of pain: 4-6 minutes

Feels like: “A rare, piercing, elevated sort of pain. Someone has fired a staple into your cheek.”

Bald Faced Hornet

Bald Faced Hornet

Pain rating: 2.0

Duration of pain: 3-4 minutes

Feels like: “Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.”

Yellowjacket

Yellowjacket

Pain rating: 2.0

Duration of pain: 4-10 minutes

Feels like: “Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W. C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.”

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

Pain rating: 2.0

Duration of pain: 4-10 minutes

Feels like: “Like a matchhead that flips off and burns on your skin.”

Red Harvester Ant

Red Harvester Ant

Pain rating: 3.0

Duration of pain: 1-8 hours

Feels like: “Bold and unrelenting. Somebody is using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.”

Paper Wasp

Paper Wasp

Pain rating: 3.0

Duration of pain: 5-15 minutes

Feels like: “Caustic & burning. Distinctly bitter aftertaste. Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.”

Tarantula Hawk

Tarantula Hawk

Pain rating: 4.0

Duration of pain: 3 minutes

Feels like: “Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric. A running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.”

Bullet Ant

Bullet Ant

Pain rating: 4.0+

Duration of pain: 12-24 hours

Feels like: “Pure, intense, brilliant pain. Like fire-walking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch rusty nail in your heel.” (He tried to get drunk to dull the paint but after 12 hours was still having spasms of agony.)