Getting stung by a bee, being bitten by a spider, just the thought of adverse confrontations with creepy crawlers are enough to scare any rational human being beyond belief.
These are just domestic bugs, there is far worse out there, and the host of Brave Wilderness was crazy enough to tangle with one of them.
The Bullet Ant is among the more vicious of God’s creations, and the power of this tiny insect was showcased by the program recently.
Make no mistake, this little bug’s sting packs a punch
The pain caused by this insect’s sting is reported to be greater than that of any other hymenoptera, and is ranked as the most painful according to the Schmidt sting pain index, given a “4+” rating, above the tarantula hawk wasp and, according to some victims, equal to being shot, hence the name of the insect.
It is described as causing “waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours”. Poneratoxin, a paralyzing neurotoxic peptide isolated from the venom, affects voltage-dependent sodium ion channels and blocks the synaptic transmission in the central nervous system.
Based on the passage, it seems like quite a risk to allow a Paraponera Clavata to sting you, but pain is entertainment, and television viewers certainly got their money’s worth with this take.