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Tarantula hawks are named for the fact that they hunt tarantulas as food for their larvae. It's sting is rated as one of the most painful in the world. One researcher described the sting as causing immediate, excruciating pain that simply shuts down one's ability to do anything, except, perhaps, scream. The Tarantula Hawk is the official state insect of New Mexico. *** The Deathstalker is a species of scorpion that is highly dangerous because of its venom. The venom is actually a powerful mixture of neurotoxins. Although, the poison would not kill a healthy adult, it could be fatal to kids and the elderly. Ironically, a component of the venom has the potential to cure human brain tumors while the other toxins may help against diabetes. *** A bite from a Bullet ant will not kill you, but you will never forget it. The Bullet ant (thus named because a bite feels like being shot) inflicts the most painful bite of any creature known to man. It is described as causing waves of burning, throbbing, all-consuming pain that continues unabated for up to 24 hours.
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