From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Schmidt Sting Pain Index or The Justin O. Schmidt Pain Index is a scale rating the relative pain caused by different Hymenopteran stings.
Ranking the Pain of Stinging Insects, From ‘Caustic’ to ‘Blinding'
Schmidt Sting Pain Index. Justin Schmidt, a biologist at Southwestern Biological Institute and researcher in the entomology department at the U of Arizona, willingly offered his arm to different stinging insects of the order Hymenoptera to create the index featured in his new book The Sting of the Wild. He ranks stinging pain on a scale of 1 (Red Fire Ant) to 4 (Warrior Wasp) and recounts his experience with each insect with a vivid description. Here: some of the insects, scaled by how…
Have you ever wondered why a honeybee worker can only sting something once in its lifetime, while a wasp lives to sting again? Find all the answers to your questions about fascinating insects in the order Hymenoptera.