Hello fellow Entomologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, its time for us to take a look at some more dangerous insects. Now, let’s begin!
- Maricopa harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex maricopa) Size: The tip of your finger Pain Index: 3 Diet: Seeds Habitat: Arizona
This species of harvest ant is mainly found in Arizona. It has a bright, red body and a very potent venom. The ant species harvests seeds for consumption, and make their homes in gravel or rock-rich environments. The sting is infamous for being extremely painful, and 12 stings call kill a mouse. Schmidt describes the pain as: “A drill wedged into an ingrown toenail.” o_O! To make matters worse, the pain can last for up to four hours!
- California carpenter bee (Xylocopa californica) Size: 12-25 mm Diet: Nectar Habitat: California, Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, and Utah Sting Index: 2.5
The California carpenter bee is a large, black bee with big wings, powerful mandibles, and a stinger. The females are the only ones who sting, while the males focus on pollination. Schmidt describes the pain as: “Swift, sharp, and decisive, like slamming a fingertip in a car door.”