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.


if the bullet ant is the grand finale on my quest to find the most painful sting in the insect kingdom, the tarantula hawk is definitely the last act. And right now Mark is shooting B roll of it inside this little glass enclosure.

And boy, it does not look happy. (intense buzzing) Now they say that the sting of the tarantula hawk is number two on the insect sting pain index. It’s like being stunned with a tazer and they say it puts you into a state.

Of paralysis for up to five minutes where all you can do is scream. As you can tell, we’re pretty excited about this. Mark All right Coyote. (deep breathing) You okay, man?.

Your heart racing? A million miles a second. This is the most nervous I’ve ever been to take a stinger bite from anything. My hand is shaking. Are you guys all ready?.

mark oh yeah, i’m ready if you’re ready. I’m ready, I’m ready. Here we go. I’m Coyote Peterson. And I’m about to enter the sting zone with the tarantula hawk.

mark go for it. One. (exhaling) Two. Here we go, three. (screaming) (drum beat).

(roaring) I think we can all agree that I have done some pretty crazy things. Like the time where I stuck my arm into the mouth of an alligator, to show you why getting an alligator as a pet.

Is not a good idea. Ready, everyone ready? Rolling, GoPro rolling. Here we go. One. Two.

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