Entomologist Justin Schmidt used his interest in insects to create a pain index that measures the painfulness of insect bites. In order to create the pain index, he actually let various insects bite him, as did his colleagues. The pain index is a 1-4 scale, with 1 being the least painful insect bite (like a fire ant), and 4 being the most painful insect bite (like a tarantula hawk wasp).

 

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Suffering for science: why I have insects sting me to create a pain index

Over the past 40 years (but in reality since I was five years old), I’ve been fascinated with insects and their ability to sting and cause pain. In graduate school, I became interested in why they sting and why stings from such tiny animals hurt so …

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