i’m coyote peterson. Now you’ve seen me stung by harvester ants, fire ants, and scorpions. But today, I’m moving a rung up on the insect sting pain index, and I’m going to be stung by the cow killer.
I have a feeling that this one is going to hurt. Oh boy. (scream) (intense percussion music) There’s no question about it. The wild west is rough and rugged.
And whether you’re talking about the rocky terrain, laced with spine covered plants, or its animals, most of which are armed with fangs and stingers, Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is an adventure lover’s playground. Sure we all have our fears of being bitten by a rattlesnake when venturing off trail.
Or in my case, having a giant desert centipede run on my pant leg. But in actuality, the good news is that each and every one of these creatures does its best to avoid human interaction. However, sometimes you have an accidental runin.
And when you do, a bite or a sting can be incredibly painful. (gasping) Yeah, he got me. He bit me. Mark You sure?.
coyote yeah, he definitely bit me. When it comes to my line of work, the goal is to have an interaction, so that I can show you the effects of these encounters. This way we can all learn why it’s important to be in tune with our surroundings,.
And why it’s always best to admire animals from a safe distance. Velvet ant, velvet ant! (mumbling) I can pick off, yes, hold on, he’s underneath the log, I just started.
To tip and so i ran back, hold on a second. Mark I saw him. Coyote Did you see it? Mark He ducked out and ducked back in. Coyote There it is, there it is. Mark Get him, get him to go in it.
SUPER Toxic Ant Venom
you know what i love about laying in the snow? There aren’t any ants, which is good news for me considering what I had to endure in Arizona. But stay tuned ’cause today we’re talking about ant venom. (dramatic, fastpaced music) (growl).
Welcome back, coyote pack. Man, it’s just not getting any warmer here in Ohio, and to keep my fingers warm, I’m gonna mentally project myself back to the scorching hot deserts of Arizona. Oh, wait.
Last time i was there, I was bitten by a Gila monster, attacked by cactus, and swarmed by harvester ants. Ah! Ugh! I guess there really is no place like home.
Even if it is freezing cold. Okay, so we had several great questions about the harvester ant episode. Now, many of you wanted to know if the harvester ants could only sting once or if they could sting repeatedly. The simple answer is yes.
They can sting many times, and, unlike a honey bee, they don’t lose their stinger. In fact, once an ant has latched on with its mandibles, they swing their abdomen underneath their body, where they will hold themselves in position and inflict a sting over and over again.
Without letting go all the while pumping more and more venom into their victim. This happened to me in several areas. Where it wasn’t a sting and go, it was a sting and stay, and these sting zones were the worst by far.
(exhales) Still one in my pants. Ah! This is truly the meaning of ants in your pants. Honey bees are actually one of the only animals that lose their stingers, and it’s not for the better.
These stingers are barbed, so when they sting, it gets stuck in the victim and then gets pulled from the body when they fly away, resulting in an abdominal rupture, and sadly the bee ends up dying in the end. Now, another question we had, asked by Christine two, was.