A Peek into the Mind of the Creator of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index

Justin Schmidt of the Southwest Biological Institute in Tucson, Arizona is perhaps best-known for his creation of the Schmidt Sting Pain Index, a relative pain scale based on his personal experiences with very close encounters with an impressive number (around 83) of species of Hymenoptera (ants, bees, and wasps). Take a moment to watch and […]

The Entomology Word Association Game – 2016 Edition

Everyone’s done a word association game at some point in their lives, so sit back, relax, and watch as Derek Woller puts eight entomologists and non-entomologists from all different backgrounds and countries on the spot and asks them to think of the first word that pops into their heads after he says an entomology-related word. […]

Suffering for Science: Why I Have Insects Sting Me to Create a Pain Index

By Justin Schmidt Over the past 40 years (but in reality since I was five years old), I’ve been fascinated with insects and their ability to sting and cause pain. In graduate school, I became interested in why they sting and why stings from such tiny animals hurt so much. To answer these questions, we […]