TIL The bullet ant’s sting is no longer considered the most painful in the animal kingdom. It now goes to Polistes carnifex, a paper wasp from Central and Southern America.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polistes_carnifex#Sting

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  1. Also, not proven. One man’s experience is not an actual rating.

    There are 3 species that share the 4+ rating on the Schmidt sting pain index AND the Starr sting pain scale — the bullet ant, the tarantula hawk, and the warrior wasp.

    This single man’s experience colors his judgement of other stings. And he doesn’t even do a comparison of the other 2 species.

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