Most Painful Insect Bites and Stings

The Top Ten
1 Bullet Ant

Like being shot


Pure Intense Brilliant Pain
Like walking over flaming charcoal with a 3 inch rusty nail grinding in your heel.

It is undescribable pain coming at you in waves of fury. Like you are being engulfed in red-hot flames while being jabbed by dozens of spiky nails

That's why there called bullet ants because their sting is like being shot by a shot gun.

2 Warrior Wasp

You are chained in the flow of an active volcano.

3 Velvet Ant

Explosive and long lasting, you sound insane as you scream.
Hot oil from the deep frying spilling over your entire hand.

Worst then any wasp sting and I've been stung by many. Wanted to amputate my thumb.

4 Tarantula Hawk The tarantula hawk is a spider wasp that preys on tarantulas. They belong to any of the many species in the genera Pepsis and Hemipepsis and are one of the largest of their kind.

Blinding, fierce, shockingly electric.
A running hair dryer has been dropped into your bubblebath.

May or may not be voting because of the *shivers* cazadores, in Fallout: New Vegas.

5 Red Paper Wasp

Caustic and burning, with a "distinctly bitter aftertaste".
Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.

6 Yellow Jacket

Hot and smoky, almost irreverent.
Imagine W.C. Fields extinguishing a cigar with your tongue.

7 Trapjaw Ant

It's instantaneous and excruciating.
As if a rat trap snapped your index fingernail.

8 Executioner Wasp

This is considered the worst and most painful insect sting ever.
Worse than the bullet ant or Asian giant hornet.
It's been described as feeling like ripping skin and flesh apart.

It's on here twice no wonder it's the most painful insect sting known to man.
It says it's burning and searing and feels like being submerged in lava.

This should be ranked on the sting pain index.

9 Asian Giant Hornet

It's like a narrow hot nail being driven into your body.

10 White Faced Bee

If this is the same critter as White-Face or Bald-Face Hornet, it's one of the angriest, nastiest, most persistent little hell hounds on the planet. Piss'em off, and they'll chase you all the way to Hades.

It's actually known as the Anthophorid bee, and it's not very painful.
It should be WAY Lower on the list, it's like biting a tiny part of your earlobe.
Way less painful than getting your ears pierced.

It's basically the Bald-Faced Hornet, and its sting is like getting your hand mashed in a revolving door.

The Contenders
11 Red Fire Ant

Many people say it's like fire embers landing onto your skin.


It's more like the shock from walking across a shag carpet while reaching for the light switch.

I remember once when I was a little kid, one summer day, I remember falling in a fire ant hill, I remember the ants were biting me on my leg, and I remember it was super painful, I think I remember it felt like someone was pitching me very hard or hurting me

I stepped on a fire ant hill and didn't know it, it was super painful

12 Deer Fly

These flies are some of the most annoying, persistent and hurtful flies around.
Never mind a mosquito, these things really cut through skin, and feed on blood like vampires.
Hoping you don't get cursed.

I've been bitten by these flies, it feels like a flu shot.
They literally rip through skin and drink blood.
Rarely do they ever cause sickness.

Imagine someone dropped a cigarette on you while you were biking.

13 Honey Bee

This is a sting we're very familiar about, and it's like a match covered in lye and sulfuric acid landed on your skin and burned it.
But it's not too bad like some of the other insects out there.

Burning, corrosive, but you can handle it.
A flaming match head lands on your arm and is quenched first with lye and then sulfuric acid.

Today While on vacation in mexico I was on the beach barefoot and I stepped on a bee it hurt bad, still sore where I got stung I almost cried it hurt

14 Fierce Black Polybia Wasp

Like a ritual gone wrong, Satanic.
The gas lamp in the old church explodes in your face when you light it.

15 Polybia Wasp

This is referring to the Ferocious Polybia Wasp.
Which doesn't come close to the pain of the Fierce Black Polybia Wasp.

Like a trick gone wrong, your butt is a target for a bb-gun.
Bull's Eye!

16 Southern Fire Ant

It happens on the third day, as you reach for the light switch, and you're wondering
When will you ever learn?

17 Argentine Harvester Ant

A ferocious pang, and it lasts 12 hours.
Flesh-eating bacteria dissolve your muscles, one by precious one.

18 Southern Flannel Moth Caterpillar

A caterpillar has 6 true legs and 10 false pseudo legs, so it counts as an insect as well.
It's the worst pain you could get from an animal though,

19 Harvester Ant

Bold and unrelenting, Somebody is using a power drill to remove your ingrown toenail.

20 Maricopa Harvester Ant

It's like when you've spent 8 hours using a drill to get rid of your ingrown toenail, and then it got wedged in your toe.

21 Unstable Paper Wasp

Like a dinner guest who stays too long, the pain drones on.
A hot dutch oven lands on your hand and you can't get it off.

22 Giant Paper Wasp

There are "gods", and they do throw their thunderbolts.
Poseidon/Neptune has rammed his trident into your breast.

I got stung by a wasp today while on vacation it hurt so badly I still sore on the spot where I got stung, I was stung 5 times by the same wasp I had to get out of the area I cried in pain

23 Red-Headed Paper Wasp

Immediate, irrationally intense and unrelenting.
This is the closest you will come to seeing the blue of a flame from within the fire.

24 Yellow Fire Wasp

An odd, distressing pain.
Tiny blowtorches kiss your arms and legs.

25 Honey Wasp

Spicy, blistering.
A cotton swab dipped in habanero sauce has been pushed up your nose.

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