The velvet ant (a.k.a. “The Cow Killer”) has one of the most painful stings in the insect world. What’s it like to get stung by one? Coyote Peterson decided to find out.
While some people may think Peterson is two nuggets short of a ten piece, there’s something about seeing what he does. In this case, he takes on the sting of the Velvet Ant, which is said to have the fourth most painful sting in the world.
(If you have a short attention span, fast-forward to 9:30).
In entomology terms, the velvet ant is actually a wasp, not an ant. However, the female doesn’t fly. According to Wikipedia, there are over 400 species of velvet ant in the southwest United States alone and over 8,000 species worldwide.
Velvet Ants have a very tough exoskeleton that even gives entomologists trouble when trying to use steel pins to pierce their bodies for mounting on display.
Sometimes the guys at Brave Wilderness make you feel like you’re watching a train wreck… you just can’t stop.