Schmidt comes up with first-ever sting pain index
Justin Schmidt is quite a character. The U.S. entomologist is comparing the impacts of stinging insects on humans, mainly based on his own experience in his book “The Sting of The Wild.”
In other words, he has used himself as a guinea pig to test stings of bees, hornets, and ants.
The results: he created the so-called Schmidt Sting Pain Index where he categorized more than 80 stinging insects across the world from Level 0 to Level 4.
In addition, he tries to let readers know why insects attack and which insects deliver the most dangerous venom.
Despite being stung so many times, Schmidt does not want to stop his love affairs with the stinging insects.
“I hope to share a love of the natural world and the beauty of all forms of life. Each animal has its own inherently interesting story to tell,” the author wrote.
“Each story is awaiting our attention to be told. I was fortunate to be able to explore many adventures with some of the most and fascinating insects on earth _ stinging insects.”
He added that stinging insects provide a wondrous insight into a variety of lifestyles and solutions to their own day-to-day survival challenges.
Schmidt also contends that humans and stinging insects have built up a symbiosis, a relationship between two different types of organisms beneficial to each other.
In other words, humans will struggle without stinging insects, as shown by the marvelous capability of honey bees, good pollinators, thanks to their great number and social life.