More Of The Schmidt Pain Index (Every Other Tuesday)

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!

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  • 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.”

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More Of The Schmidt Pain Index (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow Entomologists! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more scary creatures. Now, let’s start exploring!

  • Velvet Ant (Dasymultila klugii) Size: 0.75 in Habitat: The North American Southwest  Diet: Larvae and adult insects Schmidt Pain Level: 3

The Velvet Ant, or “cow killer”, is a large ground wasp with a hairy, orange body. While not an actual species of ant, its appearance can confuse people. It’s known for delivering an excruciating sting that can last for 30 minutes. Only the females have the stinger, which is quite long and pointy. Coyote Peterson described the pain as radiating and fiery with a tingling sensation.

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  • Tarantula Hawk (Pepsis Thisbe) Size: 5 in Diet: Tarantulas Habitat: Worldwide  Schmidt pain index: 4

The Tarantula Hawk is an incredibly scary, parasitic wasp with an amazingly painful sting. They hunt tarantulas, and paralyze them before eating them whole. The pain is equivalent to being shocked with a taser. The females are the only ones that sting, and won’t unless provoked. 

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The Schmidt Sting Pain Index (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow Entomologists! It’s Tuesday, and it’s time for a brand new post! I have talked in detail about Justin Schmidt. He is a famous Entomologist that invented the Schmidt Sting Pain Index. The index categorizes insect stings on a 1 to 4 scale with 4 being the most painful. He wrote a fantastic book called The Sting Of The Wild, which highlights his experiences with these dangerous insects. The Brave Wilderness Youtube channel also goes in depth about these insects, and I highly recommend subscribing to the channel because Coyote Peterson is god! This post will cover 2 different insects from the index and a quick description of them. I also will be covering an insect that has yet to be recorded on the index. Be warned! Some of these entries are quite scary! Each entry will have a link to the Brave Wilderness Channel where Coyote gets bitten/stung by these insects.

  • Giant Desert Centipede (Scolopendra heros) Schmidt Index Rating: ??? (Probably a 4) Size: Up to 8 in Habitat: Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States Diet: rodents, amphibians, insects

The Giant Desert Centipede is one freaky critter with a bright red head and greenish black body. It primarily hunts at night, and has a highly potent venom. It has savage pincers which deliver an excruciating bite. Coyote admitted that it was more painful than a Bullet Ant, which is the highest ranked insect on the index. People who are bitten usually suffer headaches, nausea, lesions, and in worst cases, death. Don’t mess with this insect!

 

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  • Warrior Wasp (Synoeca septentrionalis) Schmidt Index Rating: 4 Size: 0.79 in Habitat: Central and South America Diet: Nectar and pollen  

The incredibly creepy Warrior Wasp is one of the most infamous creatures on the Schmidt Pain Index. These insects are dark blue in color and have dangerously sharp stingers. This species of Paper Wasp is extremely aggressive and will sting if threatened. The stinger will fall off if this happens, and the insect will die. Schmidt described the pain of the sting as “pure torture, like being chained to the flow of an active volcano”. Coyote was in immense pain when stung, and his arm was paralyzed for 5 minutes. It’s terrifying that such a small creature can deliver such a painful sting. Be warned! This video will make you scared of bees!

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Nature is Awesome (Every Other Tuesday)

Hello fellow nature lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take another look at some awesome creatures and plants. Now, let’s start exploring!

  • Blue Dragon (Glaucus atlanticus) Size: Up to 3 cm Habitat: The Indian and Pacific Ocean  Diet: Carnivorous 

The Blue Dragon is an absolutely gorgeous species of sea slug. It’s a very tiny creature that is extremely poisonous. It can feed on the Portuguese man o’ war, and uses the poison to fend off predators. It’s makes you shocked to find out that this creature is more dangerous than the giant menace it feeds upon.

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  • Baseball Plant (Euphorbia obesa) Size: 15 cm Habitat: South Africa 

The Baseball Plant is a very strange flora that’s indigenous to South Africa. As the name states, the plant is shaped like a green baseball, with 8 ridges that resemble stitches. It contains a reservoir of water to use in droughts. It’s also quite toxic, and will cause horrible skin problems if held.

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Nature Is Awesome! (Every Other Tuesday)

All animals and other organisms found in various books and websites

Hello fellow outdoor enthusiasts! It’s Tuesday and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more amazing organisms. Now, let’s start exploring!

  • Sundew (Drosera) Diet: Carnivorous  Size: Up to 100cm Habitat: Every Continent besides Antarctic. Every species is divided into several habitats based on climate.

The Sundew is a strange, carnivorous plant that’s nearly found world wide. It has green leaves and many reddish tentacles. These tentacles are covered in a sticky digestive enzymes, which are used to attract prey. The sweet smelling secretion attracts insects, and when they get too close, it attacks! The tentacle trap the poor bug, and begin to digest its body. After the bug’s demise, its nutrients will be absorbed through the leaves to the other parts of the plant. The Sundew also has many medicinal purposes such as being used in teas to prevent whooping cough and asthma attacks. 

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  • Corpse Flower (Rafflesia arnoldii) Size: 3 ft (The largest was 3.4 ft) Diet: Parasitic Habitat: The Rainforests of Sumatra Status: Becoming Endangered

The Rafflesia has the Guinness World Record for being the largest individual flower on Earth. It’s a parasitic organism that’s pollinated by Corpse Flies. It’s a bright red flower with many large, spotted leaves. It’s unisexual, and male and female flowers must be close by for successful pollination.  It can weigh up to a mighty 24 lbs, and is continuously dying out due to increased human activity. This disturbs the bud production of the plant.  The nickname, “Corpse Flower”, comes from the plant’s stench, which is said to resemble rotten flesh. It’s truly a fascinating plant that we must try to protect before they all become extinct.   

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Strange Animals From Around The World (Every Other Tuesday)

Info about animals found on various websites

Hello fellow animal lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time for us to take a look at some more awesome animals. Now, let’s begin!

  • Honeypot Ant (Myrmecocystis) Size: Up to 15 mm Habitat: Arid to semiarid places like Mexico and Australia

The Honeypot ant is a strange type of worker ant with an extremely swelled abdomen. Their diet mainly consists of honey, and they can drain the abdomen to feed their entire colony. The ants are considered to be a delicacy in parts of Australia.

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  • Antlion (Euroleon nostras) Size: Up to 30 mm Habitat: Europe Diet: Ants and small insects

The Antlion is a very unique insect that has an incredibly fascinating way to capture prey. The fully developed adult has large wings and a thin body. The larvae, on the other hand, has large jaws and a broader abdomen. They build sand traps that capture prey, and will suck out the body fluids.

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More Awesome Animals From Around The World (Every Other Tuesday)

Animals found on en.wikipedia.org and other websites

Hello fellow animal lovers! It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s time to take a look at some more interesting animals. Now, let’s discover something incredible!

  • Superb bird-of-paradise (Lophorina superba) Size: 26 cm Habiat: The rain forests of New Guinea

This strange avian species has a large male population with an incredibly weird mating dance. The males are black with blue-green breast covers, while the females are reddish-brown. When trying to find a mate, the male bird will spread its breast shield and transform into a sublime, eclipse-shaped creature. This is a truly bizarre sight, and the female will usually reject 20 suitors before deciding on a mate. The bird’s diet consists of fruit and small animals.

weird bird thing I have no words. This is just bizarre!

 

  • Galapagos batfish (Ogcocephalus darwini) Size: 20.3 cm Depths Found: 3 to 76 m around the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos batfish is a crazy looking creature with pronounced red lips. It is a poor swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to “glide” along the sea floor. The fin changes into a needle-like appendage when the fish reaches maturity. Like the awesome anglerfish, the appendage is a lure that attracts prey. It eats small fish and mollusks. 

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