|Justin O. Schmidt's Sting Pain Index 1990. Nicely illustrated by Wayne at his excellent blog:|
When Wendy C. and I were about 21 we went on our first 'real' bit of traveling. We flew across the ditch to the big red island of Australia. We bought little motorbikes in Sydney and with tent and nothing much else but the confidence of naivety, we travelled slowly up to Brisbane over the next two weeks, camping where it looked pretty and having a generally interesting time. Around Gosford, only a day or two north, I was stung (bitten?) by a bulldog ant. A bloody huge red thing that was involved in our tent when I wanted to pack it up. It hurt like hell, and then, to make matters worse, once I'd managed to get it off me, it tried to run after me too!
I don't think it was a bullet ant, however, on the chart at the most excruciating. Because I have also been stung by number 3, paper wasps, and they are very, very 'hot'!
By far the most painful bite/sting I've ever had was from (I'm fairly sure) a white-tailed spider. I could do nothing but sit, rock and moan for ten minutes. After this time, astonishingly, the pain rapidly subsided to nothing and I was left simply slightly embarrassed and wondering if the neighbours had heard me.
Here is an image of my bulldog ants. I put them around 2.5 on the Schmidt pain index.
|Image by Mark Moffett|