A sting from a honeybee is awful; a sting from a hornet is worse. That's probably the extent of the knowledge most of us have about how painful insect stings can be. But for entomologist Justin Schmidt, whose occupation takes him throughout the world dealing with every flavor of stinging insect, stings are a part of life. Schmidt put this occupational hazard to good use with the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a scale that rates the pain of 78 different stinging species — with poetic flourish, to boot.
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Written by Ashley Hamer September 16, 2017
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