…well, not really.  But an exchange I had at Photo Synthesis with Andrew Bleiman of Zooillogix got me thinking about all the different insects that have charmingly envenomated me at one time or another.

Myrmecia piliventris, Australia

Myrmecia piliventris, Australia

So I’m starting a meme called Things That Have Stung Me.  The rules are simple:

  1. List all the things that have stung you.
  2. Bites don’t count.
  3. Pass the meme to 3 or more other bloggers you suspect have also been well-zinged.

Here are mine.

Things that have stung me:


  • Pachycondyla verenae
  • Pachycondyla harpax
  • Pachycondyla villosa
  • Pachycondyla stigma
  • Odontomachus chelifer
  • Odontomachus bauri
  • Odontomachus haematodus
  • Odontomachus erythrocephalus
  • Odontomachus cephalotes
  • Harpegnathos saltator
  • Rhytidoponera metallica
  • Hypoponera spp.
  • Pogonomyrmex badius
  • Pogonomyrmex barbatus
  • Pogonomyrmex californicus
  • Pogonomyrmex rugosus
  • Pogonomyrmex maricopa
  • Pogonomyrmex naegellii
  • Pogonomyrmex occidentalis
  • Pogonomyrmex desertorum
  • Myrmica incompleta
  • Solenopsis invicta
  • Solenopsis geminata
  • Solenopsis macdonaghi
  • Solenopsis saevissima
  • Solenopsis xyloni
  • Wasmannia auropunctata
  • Eciton burchellii
  • Nothomyrmecia macrops
  • Myrmecia pyriformis
  • Myrmecia tepperi
  • Myrmecia piliventris
  • Pseudomyrmex gracilis
  • Pseudomyrmex spinicola
  • Pseudomyrmex ferrugineus
  • Pseudomyrmex kuenckeli


  • Apis mellifera
  • Various Halictidae spp.


  • Polistes fuscatus
  • Vespula germanica
  • Dolichovespula maculata
  • Mischocyttarus sp.
  • Various Eumenine spp.


  • Megalopyge (Ow.  That really, really hurt)


  • Urtica dioica

Ow.  Now I’m sticking the sting meme to Anna, Ted, and Eric.