The painful bullet ant

Published on 7 December 2019 at 18:24

gunshot bite

The bullet ant is undoubtedly one of the nastiest insects to get bitten by. The ant owes its name to the fact that its bite feels like a gunshot. The pain can last up to a day. This animal was first spotted in 1775.



When you encounter such an ant, there is a big chance that you will be bitten by it. This is because the ant is extremely aggressive when confronted by humans and animals. The ant's venom is exceptionally powerful in comparison to other ant species. Some people have let themselves be bitten voluntarily to observe the effects of the bite, how crazy is that!



The ants are not only used by volunteers. Also in the Amazon area some tribes use the ants. The ants are used in a ritual to let boys conquer their pain and then be a real man. They have to put their hands in a glove while it is full of bullet ants.


People who have been bitten by insects have had unbearable pain and literally screamed and cried. People also started shaking uncontrollably, sweating and, quite logically: were swearing. Despite the pain, hospitalization is rarely necessary.



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