The most horrifying insects
the female fly that lays her eggs on a
superficial wound, but occasionally on
unbroken soft skin, especially if it has
blood or mucous discharge on its surface.
Eggs are deposited in batches of 150 to 500
and hatch in about 15 hours.
Also called killer bees, are descendants of 26
Tanzanian queen bees that bred with other species
after they were accidentally released from a hive
in Brazil. What makes the bees deadly is their
defensive nature and tendency to swarm.
Bullet ant – Conga Ant
Conga Ant defending its home – Ecuador
Conga Ants, also called Bullet Ants or
24-hour ants, are reputed to have the
most toxic venom of any insect. These
large ants are not generally agressive,
but they will defend their nests.
The excruciating pain from their
bites can last up to 24 hours.
Cicada killer wasp
They capture cicadas, paralyze them with venom,
and provision their burrows with the still-living insects
Cow killer ant
Technically a wasp, the cow killer is named
for its exceedingly painful sting, which probably
couldn’t really kill a cow, but it’s so nasty that
you wouldn’t be surprised if it did.
Tarantula hawks, two-to-three-inch-long wasps
with metallic blue black bodies and striking,
bright orange wings, kill tarantulas to feed
their young. The fight between the wasps and
the much-larger and heavier spiders is a dramatic one.
A female tarantula hawk lures a tarantula out of its
burrow, probably by plucking the silken web lines.
When the spider rushes out, the wasp hops on its
abdomen and paralyzes the tarantula with one or more
jabs of its half-inch-long stinger.