Entomologist Justin Schmidt has been stung more than 1,000 times by over 80 different species, and luckily for us he ranked those insect stings on his “Schmidt Pain Scale for Stinging Insects.”
The stings were ranked on a four-point scale. The honey bee was used as a reference point with a rating of 2 on the scale. Half points were used and to go up or down on the scale the sting had to be discernibly more or less painful than stings on another level.
Some of the stings are below, with their pain level and a short description of the sting.