Most Painful Insect Bites and Stings


The Top Ten

1 Bullet Ant

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

You almost want the bite to kill you because of pain.

It's like being shot.

Like being shot


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

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.

4 Tarantula Hawk Tarantula Hawk

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

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 Asian Giant Hornet

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

This has been confirmed more painful than a bullet ant

9 White Faced Bee

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

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.

10 Red Fire Ant

I love ants

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.

The Contenders

11 Deer Fly

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

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.

12 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.

13 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!

14 Argentine Harvester Ant

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

15 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.

16 Harvester Ant

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

17 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.

18 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.

19 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.

20 Giant Paper Wasp

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

21 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.

22 Yellow Fire Wasp

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

23 Honey Wasp

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

24 Glorious Velvet Ant

Instantaneous, like the surprise of being stabbed.
Is this what shrapnel feels like?

25 Suturing Army Ant

Like a cut on your elbow, stitched with a rusty needle

26 Cicada Killer

It's pain at first sight.
Like poison ivy or oak, the more you rub, the worse it gets.

27 Nocturnal Hornet

Rude and insulting.
An ember from your campfire is glued to your forearm

28 Giant Sweat Bee

Size matters, but it's not everything.
A silver tablespoon drops squarely onto your big toenail, sending you hopping

29 Asian Needle Ant

Like nightfall following a day at the beach, but you forgot the sunscreen.
Your burned nose lets you know.

30 Slender Twig Ant

Like a skinny bully's punch.
It's too weak to hurt you, but you suspect a cheap trick might be coming.

31 Iridescent Cockroach Hunter

Itchy with a hint of sharpness.
A single stinging nettle pricked your hand

32 Sweat Bee

Light, ephemeral and almost fruity.
A tiny spark has singed a single hair on your arm.

33 Indian Jumping Ant

Imagine getting up out of bed, and you drank your coffee, but it tasted so bitter it hurt your mouth.

34 Water-Walking Wasp

Its sting is clever, but trivial.
Like magic, in which you cannot quite figure out the difference between pain and illusion.

35 Little Wasp

Sharp meets spice.
A slender cactus spine brushed a buffalo wing before it poked your arm.

36 Carpenter Ant

It bites you, and then it sprays formic acid.
Which burns tissue.

Therefore you're being burned alive by the ant.

37 Wood Ant
38 Jack Jumper Ant

It's like when your oven mitt had a hole in it when you pulled the cookies out of the oven.

39 Metallic Green Ant

Like biting into a habanero pepper, it burns.

40 Red Bull Ant

Any of you knowing this will realize getting stung by a red bull ant is like stepping on a Lego.
And it's less painful than a honeybee.

41 Bulldog Ant Bulldog Ant

It's like a dog bit you in a sensitive spot.

42 Giant Ant

A pulsing sting with some flavor.
You stepped on a salt bath with an open wound.

43 Golden Ant

A slow stream of molten wax poured over your wrist.
You want to twist away, but you can't.

44 Samsum Ant

Pure, sharp, piercing pain.
As if you pressed your thumb on a tack.

45 European Fire Ant

Like the prickle of stinging nettles on your skin on a hot, humid day.

46 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?

47 Tropical Fire Ant

You should've learned, but the carpet is the same, and when you again reach for the light switch, the shock mocks you.

48 Elongated Twig Ant

Reminiscent of a childhood bully.
Intimidating, but his punch only glanced your chin, and you lived for another day.

49 Asian Army Ant

Simple and plain.
A loose carpet tack pierces the ball of your wool-socked foot.

50 Giant Bornean Carpenter Bee

Electrifying, sharp, and piercing.
Next time, hire an electrician.

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