How Painful is That Sting? The Schmidt Pain Index

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Think bug-scientists are timid wimps with butterfly nets and high-pants? Not Justin O. Schmidt. Back in 1984 he wanted to rank the painfulness of insect stings, specifically those of the Hymenoptera Order. He let himself (goaded them) be stung by each of the 10 adorable beauties on this list and then wrote brilliant mini-observations about the sensation -- presumably after he recovered. Schmidt has been stung (to date) by over 150 different species, so who better to rank the pain? 

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