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Deadliest Insects on Earth: They Sting, Bite and are Bloodsuckers!

Scary insects have the tendency to give us chills. But not all scary insects are dangerous. The dangerous ones in fact might look extremely attractive. So, here’s a compilation of the deadliest insects on earth to boost your general knowledge.

Ever heard the saying, “It was so big, it almost scared me to death?” Large bugs have a tendency to look scary, however, the deadliest insects are not necessarily the largest or the scariest looking. There are many insects in our world that deserve to be feared and avoided if at all possible, despite their size and appearance!

The Most Deadliest Insects in the World are:

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Mosquitoes:

This deadliest insects causes 1 million deaths every year by transmitting deadly malaria disease. Mosquitoes carry malaria germs from one place to another, and they spread germs into the blood of victims by biting. WHO estimated that in every 30 seconds a child dies due to malaria and 500 million cases of malaria reported every year. 

Malaria is a blood transmitting disease. This disease won’t be affected by contact with the sick person. It is transmitted through parasites, mainly by bites of mosquitoes. In addition to malaria mosquitoes also spread dengue fever, yellow fever, encephalitis, and West Nile virus.

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Driver ants:

Driver ant has the largest colony than any other insects in the world. Each colony of driver ants has members up to 22 million. Even elephants would run away from the group attack of driver ants. They try to finish off any animal that comes across their path. 

Driver ants typically kill thousands of different animals within a single raid. They make repetitive wounds on animals and humans using their strong mandibles. Driver ants also raid nests of other insects for food and kill them. 

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Killer bees:

Killer bees also are known as Africanized honey bees. It is one of the very aggressive and dominant insects in the world. The group of killer bees follows the victim for more than 1 mile. They attacked the group and made repetitive stinging.

The killer bees mainly target the face and eyes of humans. Their toxin is not so dangerous. But an attack by a group of killer bees could cause even death. They live within large colonies that contain more than 80,000 members. 

Once they get disturbed, the bees become alerted for the next 24 hours and would attack any animals or humans that come within their range. 

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TseTse Flies:

These flies are the deadliest biting insects native to Africa. They mainly feed on the blood of vertebrates. The extremely dangerous insects inject potent toxin on each string. 

It is estimated that about half a million people lost their life by the attack of tsetse flies in Africa. At the primary stage, the venom of tsetse flies would make sleeping sickness on the victim. But it may lead to fatality without proper treatment. 

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Giant Japanese Hornet:

The giant Japanese hornet is the largest species of hornet in the world. They grow up to a size of 2 inches. Every year up to 40 deaths are recorded by the sting of Japanese hornets. The venom of the Japanese Hornet would cause an allergic reaction and dissolve tissues within a short time. 

The repeated stinging from the group of Hornets could also result in death.

 Japanese hornets are very aggressive and fearless.

Each colony of the Japanese Hornet contains up to 700 members. They feed on honey bee larvae to a significant amount. They have the power to finish up to 40 honey bees in a minute. 

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Kissing Bug:

Kissing bugs grow up by sucking the blood of vertebrates. Kissing bugs named after their habit of biting the lip of humans while they sleep. They also transmit parasites called Trypanosoma cruzi

The kissing bug disease or Changas kills 12000 people every year. The Changa disease spreads to animals and pets in the same way. The kissing bug bite results in instant changes within the victim’s body such as welts and rashes.

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Fire Ants:

There are 285 different species of fire ants in the world. Once disturbed, they would sting the intruder repeatedly. The fire ant sting is very painful also.

A white pustule caused by a fire ant sting lasts for weeks.

Their venom also would cause several skin problems.  Fire ants usually attack in a group that contains ten to hundreds of ants. The venom of fire ants also results in an allergic reaction.

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Fleas:

Fleas are external parasites that suck blood from humans, birds, reptiles, and wild and domestic animals. The fleas could cause itching spots on the skin of hosts. Fleas only have the size of the tip of a pen and reproduce very quickly. Every female flea lay 2000 eggs within its life span. 

There are 2000 known species of flies in the world. Young fleas can consume a volume of blood that is over 15 times their body weight. The flea bites on the human body result in red bumps.

They are commonly found around the waist, knees, and elbows. The bite of fleas is very itchy, and it may also lead to infection.

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Bot Fly:

The larvae of bot flies are internal parasites of mammals. Unfortunately, dangerous larvae also live beneath human skin and cause horrible effects.

The human bot flies mostly found across Central and South America. ‘Myiasis’ known as parasite infestation makes severe changes in skin tissues. 

The young female bot flies laid eggs within the skin of mammals. The larvae penetrate through the skin and live in subdermal zones of human skin for more than 60 days.

The patients could feel the movement of larvae beneath their skin. Once larvae development gets complete, it leaves out of the body.

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Bullet Ant:

Bullet ant is the largest of all ants in the world. They are mostly found in the rainforests of Nicaragua and Paraguay. Bullet ants named after their painful sting.

After the bite victim would feel like being shot. In fact, the sting by a bullet ant is 30 times more painful than that of a wasp or a honey bee. 

The one-inch sized bullet ant is also called a 24-hour ant by locals. It is because one full day of pain followed by its sting. Each bullet ant colony contains hundreds of members. 

They usually make a nest at the base of large trees. Bullet ants also release unpleasant odors once they find any predator.

If that trick didn’t drive the predators away, they would attack together with the powerful sting.

Written By: Sugyani Mohapatra

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