The bullet ant is the largest ant to exist. They are mostly found in rainforests of Paraguay and Nicaragua and they are named after their painful and potentially deadly sting. After the sting, the victim would feel like they have just been shot. According to statistics, the bullet ant’s sting is 30 times more painful than a wasp or honey bee sting.
The Ant is approximately one inch in size and is also known as the ‘24-hour ant’ by locals. This is because a full day of pain is endured post sting. The any colonies contain hundreds and hundreds of members. They usually make a nest at the bottom of large trees. The bullet ants also release a pungent odour when they find a predator. This is done to drive the predator away, but failing this, the colony will get together and attack with a sore sting.
The larvae of the bot fly are internal parasites of mammals. The bot flies can be found across Central and South America.
The larvae can also live beneath human’s skin, causing disastrous effects. The female bot fly will lay her eggs in the skin of a mammal. The larvae will then penetrate through the skin and live there for more than 60 days. People have reportedly felt the larvae moving about under their skin. Once the larvae have fully developed, this is when it leaves the body.
Fleas are insects that suck blood from humans, reptiles, birds and domestic animals. The flea’s bites cause itchy spots on the skin of the victim. The bites on a human are commonly found around the waist, knees and elbows.
Young female fleas can lay up to a staggering 2000 eggs within their lifespan. Fleas can also consume over 15 times their bodyweight of blood. They are also only the size of a tip of a pen, making it difficult to see them.
Research shows that there are 285 different species of fire ants around the world. Once the fire ants have been distressed, they will sting the intruder continually with their painful sting. Fire ants will generally attack in groups ranging from ten to hundreds.
The venom of fire ants results in an allergic reaction and various skin problems, and a white pimple caused by the sting will remain for weeks.
The kissing bug is named after their tendency to bite the lip of a human whilst they sleep. They suck the blood from vertebrates, which can result in the spreading of the parasite Trypanosoma Cruzi. The bite will result in the victim developing a rash and welts on the body. The bug disease kills 12000 people annually.
Giant Japanese Hornet
The giant Japanese hornet is the largest species of hornet to exist, as they can grow up to an astounding 2 inches. Annually, 40 deaths caused by the Japanese Hornet. They are incredibly aggressive and fearless, and each colony can have up to 700 members. Honeybee larvae is their main source of food.
The venom of the hornet causes an allergic reaction to the victim, and dissolves tissue within a short timescale. If you are to be repeatedly stung from a group of hornets, this could result in death.
The TseTse fly is the deadliest biting insect that is native to Africa. They mainly feed on the blood of vertebrates. Statistics show that around half a million people lost their lives due to being a victim of the deadly fly. When bitten, the fly injects a potent venom, which left untreated can lead to death.
Killer Bees, also identified as Africanized honey bees, are one of the most aggressive insects in the world. This is because they follow their prey for more than a mile before attacking. The killer bee’s main target are the face and eyes of humans and being attacked by them could potentially result in death.
The bees live in large colonies, with over 80,000 bees in each. Once they get disturbed, they remain on high alert for 24 hours and will attack any animal or human that dares come into their range.
The driver ants have the largest colonies than any other insects. Each colony of driver ants have approximately 22 million members! They are so dangerous that even elephants will run away from a group of the ants. Their aim is to kill any animal that crosses their path.
Driver ants tend to kill animals within a single raid. They do this by making repetitive wounds on animals and humans. They also raid nests of other insects for food.
Mosquitoes are classed as the most dangerous insects on earth. This insect causes one million deaths each year by transmitting the Malaria disease. The insect will carry the disease from one place to another, and they spread germs into the victim’s blood by biting.
On average, every 30 seconds a child will lose their life due to Malaria, and 500 million cases of Malaria are reported each year.