Danger comes in all shapes and sizes and sometimes, is barely noticeable. Sometimes, the most beautiful things are the most deadliest. India’s diversity in terms of almost everything is just amazing, so it’s no surprise that India plays host to some very deadly insects. Here’s a list of some of the most
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Danger comes in all shapes and sizes and sometimes, is barely noticeable. Sometimes, the most beautiful things are the most deadliest.
India’s diversity in terms of almost everything is just amazing, so it’s no surprise that India plays host to some very deadly insects.
Here’s a list of some of the most intimidating insects found in our country.
#1 Indian Hemiptera
Commonly categorized as bugs and known as the largest of the Exopterygote insects among zoologists, these are those guests you would sometimes find in your garden with a rather beautiful exterior. But don’t let its looks fool you. Some Hemipteras found in India are parasites and are responsible for spreading the Chagas disease.
India is the home to four different species of bees and though they are generally harmless if left undisturbed, an attack from a swarm can be fatal for humans. Death from bee stings is a more common cause of death than shark attacks or attacks from some fierce wild beasts. Bees are responsible for pollination of flowers and for providing our precious honey, but they can be really dangerous if we put them in a situation where they have to defend themselves.
#3 Red ants or Fire ants
Found in some (parts of Madhya Pradesh and Kerala) villages in India, Fire ants or Red ants have a very painful sting and they sting at the slightest hint of danger. They commonly make their homes inside of tree trunks and people mostly fall victim to its vicious sting when a red ant falls off a tree and onto an unsuspecting person. The pain from the sting of a Red ant takes at least five days to wear off completely.
#4 Indian Wasp
The Indian paper wasp and the Indian wasp are two common species found in various parts of the country. Unlike bees, wasps do not leave their stingers behind on the skin of the victim, therefore they can sting more than once. They get aggravated when outsiders approach their nests or hang around for too long in the vicinity. Wasp stings are quite painful and you want to avoid it if you can. Wasp stings leave behind a burning sensation and is also known to cause mild fevers.
#5 The Asian Giant Hornet
The largest and deadliest in the hornet family, this intimidating minuscule winged beast is found in some parts of the country. The venom from an Asian Giant Hornet is made up of no less than eight different types of toxins. The sting can cause anaphylactic shock or cardiac arrest.
#6 The Mosquito
It seems odd that the common winged dweller should make such a list of poisonous and deadly insects. But the mosquito is responsible for around 205,000 deaths per year. Though the sting from the mosquito is more irritating than painful it is responsible for the spread of diseases like Dengue, Malaria and more recently the Zika virus. No doubt it is one of the deadliest insects of India.