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The world’s most painful insect sting - Justin Schmidt

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One of these three creatures is thought to possess the world’s most painful insect sting: there’s an ant that forages in rainforest canopies, a bee that protects a hive of delectable honey, and a wasp that paralyzes tarantulas. So which has the nastiest sting? Justin Schmidt describes and ranks the pain inflicted by each insect.

Why might honeybee stingers have barbs that cause the stinger to pull out of the honeybee’s body and remain in the victim? How could this help the honeybee colony?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Justin Schmidt
  • Director Alopra Studio, Nicholas Paim
  • Narrator Jack Cutmore-Scott
  • Storyboard Artist Alopra Studio
  • Animator Alopra Studio
  • Art Director Nicholas Paim
  • Sound Designer André Aires, João Mendes
  • Music João Mendes, André Aires
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Associate Editorial Producer Cella Wright
  • Production Coordinator Abdallah Ewis
  • Script Editor Emma Bryce
  • Fact-Checker Eden Girma

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