Today I learned of the Schmidt sting pain index, where entomologist Justin Schmidt studied pain levels from 78 stinging insects on a scale of 0 to 4. He described the weak sting of a digger bee as "almost pleasant, a lover just bit your earlobe a little too hard." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
The red color from German candy Fraise Tagada comes from the carmin pigment which is extracted from some scale insects such as the cochineal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
An entomologist developed the Schmidt Pain Index to compare the pain and intensity of insect stings on a scale of 1-4; the most painful stings are those of the bullet ant, tarantula hawk, and warrior wasp. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned about the Spider-Tailed Horned Viper, a venomous snake native to Western Iran that has a bulb-like structure on its tail, surrounded by long, dropping scales, that looks exactly like a spider. The viper uses this unique tail to lure in insect-eating birds. youtube.com/watch?v=XFjoq…
Today I learned that there are 1.4 billion insects for every human on Earth. If all the humans in the world got on one scale, and all the bugs in the world got on another scale, the bugs would weigh more. theglobeandmail.com/opini…
Today I learned about the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a scale created by Justin Schmidt to classify the pain caused by the stings of various insects sciencefriday.com/segment…
Many products with a pink color (e.g. raspberry yogurt, maraschino cherries, Starbucks Strawberry Frappuccino, lipstick) are colored with a dye that is made by grinding up scale insects called cochineals. blog.hmns.org/2012/11/col…
The Schmidt sting pain index, a scale that ranks how painful insect bites are, was created by Justin Schmidt, an American entomologist who subjected himself to over 1000 stings from insects. sciencealert.com/these-ar…
A biologist named Justin O. Schmidt was stung by 83 different insects and rated the pain caused by their sting on a scale of 1 to 4. npr.org/2016/05/15/477852…
In certain countries they use E120 or Carmine to produce the red color you see in some candies, yogurt or certain types of juices, it's also called "cochineal extract" because it is produced from some scale insects such as the cochineal scale. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The Schmidt Sting Pain Index exists, a scale to rate the pain caused by the stings of different insects. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sch…
There's a scale for the painfulness of insect stings. It goes from 0 to 4. The sting of a bullet ant is ranked "4+". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Par…
Red coloured food dyes are made by boiling a scale insect called the cochineal myhealthnewsdaily.com/251…
The DR Congo government encourages families to include insects in their children's diet. A health centre offers daily courses on how to cook insects and mothers are encouraged to supplement the diets of their breastfed babies after six months with a porridge made from caterpillar flour newvision.co.ug/new_visio…
Dragonflies are one of the most efficient killers in nature, capturing their prey more than 95% of the time. nytimes.com/2013/04/02/sc…
Justin O. Schmidt, an entomologist, subjected himself to being stung by 78 different species of insects in order to create the "Schmidt Sting Index" which describes the feeling of the sting, duration, and ranking amongst the other stings. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…

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