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May 7, 2008

5 Small But Terribly Dangerous Creatures

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — patriciaholdenmd @ 7:27 am


A lot of people find insects amusing and beautiful, especially young boys. However, even with their small size, some can be fatal to large animals and even humans. Here are my top 5 most dangerous insects in the world.

5. Tsetse Fly – A large biting fly fom Africa that feeds on the blood of vertebrate animals. They are known to cause Sleeping Sickness in humans and Nagana in cattle. Sleeping sickness is a parasitic disease in people and animals that is caused by Trypanosoma, a protozoa transmitted by the tsetse fly. The symptoms for sleeping sickness begin with fever and headache then a swell on the back of the neck. Afterwards, the victim may experience daytime slumber and insomnia. It could lead to death afterwards.

4. Africanized Bees – Also called killer bees, are descendants of 26 Tanzanian queen bees that bred with other species after they were accidentally released from a hive in Brazil. What makes the bees deadly is their defensive nature and tendency to swarm. Also, they tend to follow victims even when already far from the hive. This aggressiveness when attacking potential threats ensure a very painful death for the victim. The venom that they secrete, however, is just as potent as a honey bee’s.

3. Deathstalker – A species of scorpion that is highly dangerous because of its venom. The venom is actually a powerful mixture of neurotoxins. Although, the poison would not kill a healthy adult, it could be fatal to kids and the elderly. Ironically, a component of the venom (peptide chlorotoxin) has the potential to cure human brain tumors while the other toxins may help against diabetes.

2. Black Widow – One of the most well-known spiders, especially because its venom could be fatal to humans. The venom is said to be more potent than that of rattlesnakes, however, their size and the amount secreted reduce its effectiveness. Both male and female have an hourglass shaped marking underneath their abdomen. The females are relatively larger than the males and contrary to popular belief, the females rarely eat the males after mating.

1. Anopheles Mosquitoes – Deemed the most dangerous creature on Earth. This mosquito causes more than 300 million cases of malaria annually, which results in between 1 to 3 million deaths. They can also carry dengue, elephantiasis, and yellow fever. They are usually active during the nightime so one way to protect yourself is to apply insect-repellents and wear longer sleeves.

4 Comments »

  1. They look so beautiful in these pictures even, but how dangerous they really are :-O !

    Comment by Inspirit | Abhinav — May 7, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  2. You guys might want to investigate some of Australia’s venomous little bastards…

    1 – Inland Taipan: Most venomous snake on earth. Or as Bill Bryson described them, “I say, is that a sn-”

    2 – Blue-ringed octopus – Tiny, bioluminescent grim reapers. Can kill a human adult.

    3 – Sydney Funnel-web – Most deadly and aggressive spider on earth. It takes a half-can of bug spray to kill one of these guys.

    4 – King Brown snake – Not as venomous as the taipan, but more dangerous due to its more widespread habitat.

    5 – Box Jellyfish – not only can it kill you, but its venom can cause such excruciating pain that the victim is still screaming while unconscious. Not bad for a creature the size of your thumbnail.

    Of course, Australia does not hold the monopoly here, the most venomous creature in the world is the South American Poison Dart frog, which, I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading this, you already know a fair bit about them.

    Comment by Sam — May 8, 2008 @ 3:20 am

  3. Ah… Sam… you do realize that only one of those is applicable, as this was a list based off of bugs.
    (Speaking of which, a spider isn’t technically an insect, but I’ll let that slide seeing as how I’m not a total prick.)

    On the other hand, you may want to look up the Platymeris biguttata. It’s said that the venom it secretes is more potent ounce for ounce than that of a cobra.

    Comment by Jeronimo — June 29, 2009 @ 2:55 am

  4. *Ten times as deadly. My mistake.

    Comment by Jeronimo — June 29, 2009 @ 2:56 am


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