Top 10 Plants/Creatures with the Most Painful Bite/StingGregory This list focuses on plants and creatures with the most painful bites/stings.
The Top Ten
That's something you should never touch. - NickelodeonYesAddminNo
Terrible, terrible plant.
Known as the dendrocnide moroides, the gympie gympie is a sacred plant found in Australia, and has heart shaped leaves.
It even grows fruits.
And while it looks like a normal plant, it’s not something you want to mess with.
A sting by this contains venom known as moroidin, which is known to cause pain that is like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted, and some have compared it to a giant squashing them, and workers without protection have experienced severe irritation, along with nosebleeds, swelling, rashes, and even severe allergies.
Yet the spines that inject it are microscopic and sink into skin, yet are extremely stable for years, yet the spines are made of silicon, causing years of pain, and it even recurs every time you take a shower.
There have been stories of victims killing themselves to escape the pain, which is why this plant is nicknamed the suicide plant.
Yet despite all the nasty effects, caterpillars seem to be immune to ...more - Gregory
The Megalopyge opercularis has many nicknames, such as the fire caterpillar in the OSA peninsula, the furry puss caterpillar (as it looks like a cat), puss moth, asp in Texas and Italy, woolly slug, and are found in the OSA peninsula, Costa Rica, Brazil, the U.S. and Europe.
They’re also seen in the U.S. and their cuddly looks hide a dark secret, their furry appearance is made up of urticating hairs that’ll cause severe irritation on people in contact, and worse is that beneath those hairs are venomous spines, and if you get a bunch of these, then for 12 to 120 hours, you’ll be in excruciating pain that resembles broken bones or blunt force trauma combined with being burned.
Yet the pain radiates throughout a large area and sometimes your whole body, and other effects include swelling, nausea, headache, abdominal pain, tachycardia, rashes, blisters, and sometimes chest pain, numbness, or difficulty breathing, yet many victims are wound up to the ER after a sting ...more - Gregory
The box jellyfish is found in Australia and it’s sting is undeniably painful, as it fires nematocysts from its tentacles onto the victim's skin, causing searing pain that lasts for days to weeks on survivors, and causes paralysis, stomach ache, headache, fever, dizziness, nausea, low blood pressure, tachycardia, severe cramps, and in the worst cases, death.
Yet it’s the most venomous animal at sea, and there’s a subspecies called the irukandji, whose much smaller than other types of box jellyfish and has a sting who’s full reaction is delayed by 20-30 minutes and slowly builds up, creating all those conditions in the form of irukandji syndrome, and no painkillers help and survivors must ride it out.
Victims tell nurses to kill them because the pain is extreme and they moan in agony even when unconscious because of the pain being unimaginable.
It’s something you don't wanna mess with and something you’ll never forget. - Gregory
The stonefish is found in Australia’s coasts and is named because of its stone like appearance, yet it camouflages to hide from prey before ambushing them.
A sting from it injects venom that causes a pins and needles sensation at first, then tingling and becomes cramping like never before and then when you think the cramps are at the worst, a stabbing sensation is felt and is extreme and radiates deep into the affected limb or body part, and you feel also like you’re being sledgehammered and kicked in the kidneys.
The pain is so extreme that victims vomit and even pass out, yet they want their limbs cut off, so it’s extremely brutal.
Not only that, a sting from one even causes nausea, dizziness, paralysis, tachycardia, low blood pressure, seizures, uncontrollable drooling, even in worse cases cardiac arrest and even death if not treated properly.
There’s a ritual where a dancer acts like a victim and falls to it’s death, which tells you how ...more - Gregory
The creature that killed Steve Irwin with a sting in the heart is usually not very aggressive to humans, but they won't hesitate to sting you if threatened.
A sting from it involves a stab at the beginning along with bleeding, and while the initial stab is painful, it’s nothing compared to the true onset of pain that comes.
It injects neurotoxins and the full reaction is delayed, and once it sets in, it’s extremely painful, agonizing and worsens over hours, yet even causes severe cramping, muscle spasms, swelling, nausea, dizziness, and on occasions, death.
To remove the stinger requires surgery and it’s barbed, so it breaks off the tail once it lands on you.
Not only that, but like a cat scratch, it contains a lot of bacteria and can make you very sick, possibly to the point of death. - Gregory
Found in Australia, the platypus has the beak of a duck and the tail of a beaver.
It looks cute and all, but don't be fooled, the males have a spur on the ankle that delivers venom to its prey.
While there are not known to be human deaths, or even damage, it’s venom is known to cause extreme pain that can hardly be described and incapacitate a human for days to weeks, or even months.
While there are creatures with more painful bites/stings out there, this is surely a big deal. - Gregory
The fire coral is actually a hydrozoa, so it relates to the Portuguese man-o-war (which is often confused as a type of jellyfish).
It uses nematocysts to fire at prey, delivering venom that causes extreme pain, combined with rashes, along with swelling of the lymph glands and occasionally nausea and vomiting.
Yet depending on how much contact, pain can become out of this world, which resembles fire (hence its name, also from the color).
Like the rest of coral reefs, it’s in danger from dying as humans keep messing up our climate. - Gregory
The polistes carnifex or executioner wasp is the largest neotropical paper wasp in the world, and is noted as having amongst the most painful of all known stinging insects.
It’s 1.5” long and is yellow with coppery stripes, yet is named because it kills caterpillars and chops their heads off before taking them to their children.
A lucky encounter with one has been shown to have quite an extreme surprise on victims, as YouTube wildlife star Coyote Peterson found out the hard way.
On his experience with the executioner wasp showed it’s sting is FAR more painful than the longtime previous record known for years, the bullet ant, and also more extreme than the sting of the infamous Japanese giant hornet, and the pain lasts for 36 hours with strong residual effects lasting almost a week, and while it’s not known to cause extreme swelling, it’s known that its venom burns a hole in the affected area due to the necrotic proteins.
It’s been said it’s ...more - Gregory
Known as scolopendra gigantea, they live in the Amazon rainforest and grow up to 30 cm, making them the largest centipedes in the world, yet their bites are known to be extremely potent as bites go, likely the most painful bites in the Animal Kingdom.
Worse than any snake or spider bite in pain, it would make the stings of bullet ants (which feel like gunshot wounds and are nearby and used by 12 year old boys in manhood initiation rituals) feel like fire ant stings, which are really nothing in comparison.
Yet Coyote Peterson, who bit himself (twice) with the giant desert centipede (scolopendra heros), which grows to 20 cm, said it makes a bullet ant’s sting feel like a honeybee sting, and he said it was past his pain tolerance (which is MUCH higher than the average person’s) and that he almost vomited, and if that centipede’s bite sounded extreme, this would’ve surely made him (and you) vomit and even pass out from the unbearable pain.
If the giant desert ...more - Gregory
Also known as the scolopendra heros, the giant desert centipede lives in the western U.S. grows up to 20 cm, and has a bite you wouldn't forget.
It’s bite is known to deliver venom containing cytolysis, which breaks blood cells apart, leading to unbearable pain, that victims including YouTube wildlife star Coyote Peterson said it’s like a hot poker shoved into his arm and makes a bullet ant’s sting (which is named because it feels like a gunshot wound) feel like a honeybee sting and makes a swarm of honeybees stinging the face feel like putting on facial moisturizer, yet exceeded his pain tolerance (which is FAR higher than most people’s), and the pain lasts for 30 hours and is long known to rival that of a rattlesnake’s bite, though he however got bitten twice by it.
Plus he almost vomited.
Yet the bite of this also causes redness, swelling, and necrosis in many victims.
It’s something you don't wanna mess around with. - Gregory
They're known to bite defensively with extreme force, yet cause excessive bleeding.
Plus they're more afraid of us than we are of them. - Gregory
The polistes metricus is known as the metricus paper wasp.
It's dark brown with red spots, and eats wood to be put onto their saliva so they can make nests.
A sting from one is a 3 and causes pain that lasts up to 15 minutes.
Update: now this is 12, it should be lower because its sting is not more painful than that of a bullet ant, which is also incorrectly placed at 13, the giant desert and Amazonian giant centipede, fire coral, platypus, stingray, stonefish, box jellyfish, flannel moth caterpillar, and the gympie gympie, those are WAY worse than this.
This list is seriously messed up. - Gregory
Hello? If a bullet ant stings you, it will be as painful as a gunshot. Plus, it lasts for 24 hrs.
The bullet ant shouldn’t be 13.
It’s painful, but not enough to be up there.
It’s nicknamed Paraponera clavata, and it’s called the bullet ant because it’s sting is said by many to feel like a bullet wound.
It’s ranked as a 4+ on Schmidt’s Pain index and the pain lasts for 24 hours.
It’s commonly used by 12 year old boys called the Satare Mawe tribe, who are volunteered to wear gloves with 300 bullet ants stinging them repeatedly, leading to unimaginable pain that builds up in waves and persists for 24 hours.
And they have to repeat it 19 more times after the 1st to become warriors, which just further makes the ritual seem impossible to succeed.
The effects the boys go through are severe on building waves of pain, blackness, extreme swelling, profuse sweating, flu-like temperatures, dehydration, tachycardia, paralysis, numbness, hallucinations, dry eye syndrome from(excessive tears), sleep deprivation and massive adrenaline rushes.
Yet ...more - Gregory
These are one of the most venomous lizards in the world.
The name gila is Indian for crazy.
It’s delivers venom passing around its teeth onto its prey, and human victims are typically latched on by it for 10 minutes.
Yet one famous incident happened when YouTube wildlife star Coyote Peterson got too close for photographing it, leading to the bite, which despite lasting only a split second, delivered unbearable pain he described as hot lava going through his bloodstream.
Yet he admitted the pain lasted for 8 hours before subsiding and that the treatment is to ride it out.
Deaths from it are rare though, but it’s important to know they are defensive and won’t hesitate to bite or deliver it’s extremely unbearable pain. - Gregory
Can’t forget this one. - Userguy44
This shouldn’t be on here because hogweeds don’t bite or sting, but instead are covered in chemicals that make you extra sensitive to sunlight and ultraviolet radiation, causing a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis, which is basically an extreme sunburn.
Now don’t put poison ivy, oak or sumac on here either because those don’t bite or sting either, but are covered with an oily substance known as urushiol, which commonly causes an allergic reaction called allergic contact dermatitis to those in contact with them.
Stinging nettles do sting though as they have spines that inject venom onto victims, mainly consisting of formic acid. - Gregory
Shark bites are extremely forceful as they cut their razor teeth through our muscles, and even our bones would be sliced.
Bites though are extremely rare. - Gregory
My cousin got his leg bit off by a shark. He was surfing and it bit him. It was so bloody. He's still alive, but he has one of those fake legs now.
It’s a mamba that’s green and has a venomous bite with extreme burning pain radiating through and causing respiratory problems and dropped blood pressure, along with sweating, and if not treated properly, death can occur. - Gregory
In the rattlesnake family, this snake’s bite packs a serious punch.
It delivers venom in such a high dosage that damages tissue, membranes, blood cells, and causes, you guessed it, pain.
It induces severe radiating pain that victims described as having a blowtorch burn inside their flesh or being branded with a hot poker that doesn’t get released.
It’s bite causes severe pain, extreme swelling, internal/external bleeding, profuse sweating, dehydration, dry mouth, and in some cases, necrosis, cardiac arrest, and if not treated properly, death.
It’s something you do not wanna mess with. - Gregory
Like all vipers, this snake delivers a potent bite with powerful venom and causes severe pain, extreme swelling, internal/external bleeding, profuse sweating, dehydration, dry mouth, and in some cases, necrosis, cardiac arrest, and if not treated properly, death can occur after a bite.
If you see a venomous snake, be wise and keep a safe distance and don’t provoke fear as that’ll only trigger it. - Gregory
The most venomous scorpion of all, the deadliest too.
Human fatalities were reported with these stings, not to mention their stings are incredibly painful yet scary, and the death stalker lives up to its names. - Gregory
They're currently extinct, but if they were alive, they'd bite with quite extreme force, giving us sustained blunt force trauma and they're meat eaters, so we'd be goners if we're eaten alive. - Gregory
Bat bites are nothing in comparison for pain, but they can carry diseases and make you sick. - Gregory
The famed bark scorpion is an arachnid in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona that has a sting that injects venom causing severe pain that feels like electrical jolts, lasting 24 to 72 hours, along with tingling, numbness and vomiting, along with temporary paralysis.
It is said to feel more than 10X worse than a bullet ant’s sting(3rd most painful sting from an insect). - Gregory
Their bites are quite surprising, with an initial sharp pain during the bite and then a tingling occurs that build up to a condition called latrodectism, which involves extreme muscle contractions that are cramping and excruciating and long lasting.
Thankfully deaths are rare. - Gregory
While deaths are exremely rare, a bite from it doesn't initially hurt near as much(like a poke) as the full onset that comes, such as latrodectism, which causes excruciating muscle spasms and cramps that resemble labor contractions.
This is especially true for large black widows. - Gregory
They look like giant honeybees, but they’re not beneficial for honey.
These hornets are found in Asia and are considered the largest hornets in the world, measuring more than 2" in length, and their venom is extremely potent to the point of causing extreme pain, swelling, and sometimes even necrosis.
They were originally a 2, but it turns out, from what was known:
A victim described it as a hot nail driven through skin.
They earned a bad reputation for their nature and kill 40 honeybees in a minute and 4000 in 10 minutes.
The Japanese subspecies is the same as this except for location and name.
When YouTube wildlife star Coyote Peterson stung himself with the Japanese subspecies, he said it was searing pain, yet it caused quite extreme swelling, and said it surpassed the bullet ant for how painful its sting is.
It's currently the 3rd most painful known stinging insect, only behind the executioner wasp, which is almost 100x more painful than this ...more - Gregory
Also known as the Pepsis species, they're named because they hunt tarantulas like hawks.
They have stingers that inject venom that gives tarantulas enough pain to paralyze them and take them to a specially prepared brooding nest, where a single egg is laid on the spider's abdomen, and the entrance is covered.
Sex of the larvae is determined by fertilization, where fertilized eggs produce females while unfertilized eggs produce males.
When the wasp larva hatches, it creates a small hole in the the tarantula's abdomen, then enters and feeds voraciously, avoiding vital organs for as long as possible to keep it alive.
Weeks after, the larva hatches, and then the wasp becomes an adult and emerges from the tarantula's abdomen to continue its life.
Their sting is considered one of the most painful by an insect known to man, ranked as a 4, when Schmidt got stung and described it as "blinding, fierce, shockingly electric; a running hair dryer has just been dropped ...more - Gregory
Syoneca sepentrionalis are named because when they sense a predator, they beat their wings ferociously making the sound of marching warriors.
Their sting is considered one of the most painful, 5th known only to that of the tarantula hawk, bullet ant, giant hornet, and executioner wasp.
The sting of this was ranked as a 4 and described by Schmidt as "torture; you are chained in the flow of an active volcano", which sounds downright scary.
Yet YouTube wildlife star Coyote Peterson said it's electric like the sting of the tarantula hawk, except longer lasting pain and no paralysis, and like an extreme case of pins and needles (similar to falling on a huge cactus).
However, Coyote claimed it below the bullet ant, though he got a half second of its sting where he got 5 full seconds of the bullet ant pumping venom to its arm.
Nevertheless, it's sting is FAR more painful than that of a common wasp such as the yellow jacket, which many find painful. - Gregory
It’s the 3rd most venomous fish in the world, only behind the scorpionfish and stonefish.
It has dorsal fins and pelvic fins, though most divers are stung by the dorsal fins, and injected with a type of venom known as acetylcholine, which causes intense pain, swelling, and even dizziness, though hardly any human deaths.
Still this is not something you want to come across, yet they’re invasive and invaded the Florida coast since Hurricane Andrew. - Gregory
It’s technically called Dasymutilla klugii, which is a giant velvet ant (technically a ground wasp with red fur), and like all velvet ants, the females are wingless, yet they’re known to possess a variety of defensive mechnasisms, such as extra powerful exoskeletons, which are one of the strongest known in the insect kingdom (taking 11X more force to squash than of honeybees), squeaking and chirping noises when agitated, and of course, the world’s longest stingers, and while they’re not the most painful stings, a sting is something you would not forget.
These huge species of velvet ants are nicknamed cow killers because their sting is so painful it’s rumored to send a cow mad to a point of risking its life by something like tripping on something dangerous or off a cliff.
Justin Schmidt gave it a 3 and described it as “explosive and long lasting, like hot oil from the deep fryer spilling over your entire hand”, and when YouTube wildlife star Coyote Peterson ...more - Gregory
The Ephebomyrmex cunicularis live in Argentina, and their stings deliver pain lasting over 12 hours and is intense.
Justin Schmidt gave them a 3 and described it as “a ferocious pang lasting 12 hours or more, flesh-eating bacteria dissolve your muscles one by precious one”.
Sounds nightmarishly painful, but they are there and have very potent venom. - Gregory
The pogonomyrmex maricopa is known for having the most toxic insect venom known to man.
20x more toxic than honeybee venom, and similar to that of a rattlesnake, but the yield is far lower.
However, still, a sting from these is a 3 and described by Schmidt as this:
After 8 unrelenting hours of drilling into that ingrown toenail, you find the drill wedged in the toe.
You don’t wanna experience that would you. - Gregory
The pogonomyrmex badius is commonly found in Florida and Georgia along with Alabama, and a sting from these is very intense and rated by Justin Schmidt 3 and described as “Bold and unrelenting, somebody’s using a power drill to excavate your ingrown toenail”.
Who would want a drill to remove an ingrown toenail? maybe those who are desperate to have it removed and can only find a drill.
It’s excruciating nonetheless. - Gregory
The polistes erythrocephalus, the red-headed paper wasp, has a sting ranked by Justin Schmidt as a 3 and described as “immediate, irrationally intense, and unrelenting, this is the closest you will come to seeing the blue of a flame from within the fire”.
That sounds downright deep and scary, but it’s true this wasp has a painful sting. - Gregory
The megapolistes species has a sting ranked by Justin Schmidt as a 3 and described with a legendary description: There are gods and they do throw thunderbolts, Poseidon just rammed his trident into your breast.
King Neptune who? - Gregory
There are several types of red paper wasps, also known as red wasps.
The polistes Carolina, the polistes metricus, and polistes canadensis.
They’re commonly found in the US and they’re mostly red with a few colors.
They’re intimidating as far as insects go, and while they’re not very aggressive, they have a sting that’s ranked 3 and described by Justin Schmidt as “caustic and burning, with a distinctly bitter aftertaste, like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut”.
If just getting a paper cut period is bad, imagine pouring hydrochloric acid on it.
Yet acid burns anywhere in skin, and while wasps inject alkaloids onto prey, it burns their tissue and flesh, though venom on most stinging insects was made to have pain far greater than the damage alone would make it. - Gregory
The myrmecia brevinoda, has a sting ranked as a 3 and is an intense, sharp, burning, searing pain that lasts for days.
The longest lasting true pain from an insect sting.
Yet bulldog ants are the most dangerous ants in the world. - Gregory
The Dendrocnide excelsa is known to grow to over 40 meters, which is 131’ 7 cm, almost like a redwood tree, and has a sting injecting excelsa that feels like a nest of wasps, though while that sounds painful, it’s nothing compared to the dendrocnide moroides, the gympie gympie, which is only shrub sized, injects moroidin, and feels like being burnt with hot acid and electrocuted at the same time, and wins for most painful sting and staying power of any known living thing, surpassing any creature. - Gregory
The polybia simillima live in Central America and are not aggressive, but will not hesitate to sting if threatened.
Their stings are ranked by Justin Schmidt as a 2.5 (5X worse than a honeybee sting) and described as “a ritual gone wrong, satanic, the gas lamp in the old church explodes in your face when you light it”.
Which makes sense as when he was trying to study them, they exploded out of their nest and stung him in the face.
Though descriptions are meant for single stings. - Gregory
They’re name makes sense for their yellowish color and the pain their sting produces.
Ranked as a 2.5 by Justin Schmidt, they’re described as “an odd, distressing pain, tiny blowtorches kiss your arms and legs”, which doesn’t sound good.
Definitely fiery. - Gregory
The polistes aurifer are golden colored, and their sting is a 2.5 and described as “Sharp, piercing and immediate, you know what cattle feel when they’re branded”. - Gregory
The provespa are nicknamed as night wasps or night hornets, but they’re not true hornets.
They are active at night, and to add to nightmares, their sting is highly painful, registering a 2.5 by Justin Schmidt standards, described by him as “rude, insulting, an ember from your campfire is glued to your forearm”.
Pretty nightmarish right? - Gregory
The common xylocopa species are usually giant as far as bees go, and they live in Central America and Mexico, and their not highly aggressive, but their sting is highly painful, at 2.5 and described as “Electric, sharp and piercing, next time hire an electrician”.
So have you ever tried to fix a power cord only for it to zap you for a blink of an eye?
Well, that’s what this is said to be like. - Gregory
The Odontomachus are known for their powerful mandibles, which snap at 45 meters per second (100 mph), making it the 2nd fastest bite produced by a creature, only behind the Dracula ant, which snaps at 90 meters per second (200 mph), the fastest speed achieved by any natural living thing.
Nevertheless, their mandibles aren’t the only defense mechanism they have, on the back is a powerful stinger that produces pain upwards of 2.5 by Justin Schmidt standards, and he describes it as a truly namesake description: Instantaneous and excruciating, a rat trap snaps your index fingernail.
Which would send you screaming like Tom the cat (from Tom & Jerry). - Gregory
It’s a sleek ant that’s a member of the genus poneriae.
Nevertheless, their sting is painful, and when entomologist Justin Schmidt got stung by it, he ranked it a 2.5 and described it as “a torturous itch and rash with serious lasting power, should’ve spent the extra money and paid for a licensed tattoo artist”.
Talk about the worst tattoo you could ever have.
5X worse than a honeybee sting, which many already find painful anyway. - Gregory
It’s not an ant, but a ground wasp, but the dasymutilla gloriosa is another popular member of the mutillidae family, and these wasp’s stings are ranked as a 2 by Justin Schmidt, and described as “instantaneous, like the surprise of being stabbed, is this what shrapnel feels like? ”
Which has you wondering what it feels like to be hit by shrapnel.
Painful alright. - Gregory
A purplish or violet ant that has been ranked as a 2, described as “relentless pricking throughout your body, like wearing a wool jumpsuit laced with pine needles and poison ivy”.
How could a sting ranked as a 2 hurt your whole body? More likely it radiates and while it’s worst at the sting target, it causes a lot of swelling, irritating the rest of the body. - Gregory
In Africa, these ants have a sting measuring a 2 and described as this: The white hot burn of a barbecue fork impaling your hand, paired with the grizzle of a serrated knife.
Which sounds downright scary. - Gregory
These ants are a member of the megaponera species.
They hunt for termites and inject quite a stinger, with a sting delivering pain as a 2, described by Justin Schmidt as “the debilitating pain of a migraine contained in the tip of your finger, and their queen can sting like their sisters”.
So even their queens sting and their sisters do too. - Gregory
It’s a type of big black ant, and it’s sting is ranked as a 2, described as this: This one packs a punch, the dentist should have given that novocaine more time to take effect.
Talk about the worst dentist appointment of your life. - Gregory
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