The five most dangerous insects


Posted on Mar 9, 2022      442


Now you’ll treat insects even worse than before!

Japanese Giant Hornet (Vespa Mandarinia Japonica)

The size of the hornet reaches up to 5 cm. Its venom contains highly toxic substances that destroy tissue, cause severe pain, and attract other hornets (you get the idea).

Its habitat is in Asia (Korea, China, India, Nepal, Japan). In Russia, you can meet the giant hornet in Primorsky Krai, where it lives “in large numbers,” Insectology bloodily add.

We could console you that giant hornets are peaceful insects, but they’re not. They kill more people every year in Japan than animal bites from venomous, nonvenomous and radiation mutants like Godzilla combined.

If you only knew what they do to bees! A hornet can fly about 70 kilometers in a day looking for a hive. And a few hornets can destroy a hive and kill all the bees inhabiting it to mercilessly devour their larvae.

Yes, nature is hardcore.

The bullet ant (Paraponera clavata)

It’s unlikely you’ll like it if a bullet ant falls from a tree by your scruff: adults reach a length of 2.5 cm and are known for their powerful sting and venomous venom. In Justin Schmidt’s 1990 pain scale of insect stings, the bullet ant sting ranks first and is characterized as: “Pure, deep pain. Reminiscent of walking over red-hot coals with a three-inch rusty nail in your heel.”

Some of the Brazilian tribes use these ants in initiation ceremonies. Boys are given mittens filled with ants on their hands. The task is to hold out for 10 minutes to qualify to be called a man. This often results in painful shock and temporary paralysis of the arms.

Nomadic ants (Eciton burchellii)

Nomadic ants include several subspecies of ants whose lifestyle is characterized by constant migration. They are essentially a mobile battalion of soldiers, comprising millions of individuals (some species may have 20 million), constantly on the move (unless the queen lays eggs), devouring everything in their path.

They are the only animals on the planet that build “living hives”. When a swarm of ants stops for the night during a crossing, the soldiers weave a kind of cocoon into which the queen and her offspring are placed. Such a hive protects her from bad weather and enemies. Private soldier ants have strong and well-developed chews, but they are practically blind.

The words “terrible,” “swarm,” and “killers” with ants are revealed in their entirety of meaning. When ants are looking for a new place to stand, they destroy any living creature in their path who is too stupid or clumsy to get away. They don’t have stings or venom, they just pile on in droves. Nomadic ants can overpower an animal the size of a horse. And if you’re still not impressed, stand next to a horse to see what that means.

The Africanized Bee (Apis Mellifera Scutellata)

The Africanized bee was bred by Brazilian entomologist Warrick Kent, who crossed African bees with European bees. But during the experiment, the queens of the resulting hybrid were released into the wild, where they multiplied in large numbers by crossing with the dormice of ordinary bees. The major drawback of Africanized bees (for humans, of course) is their aggressiveness. Bees attack any creature approaching less than 5 meters from their hives.

And in 1967, a swarm of bees attacked homes in Rio de Janeiro, killing about 150 people. The police had to use flamethrowers, but this too was unsuccessful.

Gadfly

The gadfly is only a type of fly, but is much nastier than it. Each species of gadfly has a telling name: the horse gadfly, the stag gadfly, and... the human gadfly. The latter, fortunately, lives in Central America. The gadfly bites almost imperceptibly, depositing its larvae under the skin, which then spreads and can lead to various diseases (and it is quite unpleasant).

Some insects lay larvae on the back or belly of their victims, while others prefer the inside of the legs, nostrils, or lips. Each female can lie up to 700 eggs and try to do so in different animals to keep her future offspring as safe as possible.


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