Of course, all anyone is ever interested in is which critter tops the scales. Well, it’s the so-called bullet ant, or Paraponera clavata, which is a very large ant that lives in the Central American rainforest.
It will not surprise you to learn that human beings have found a way to ritualize the experience of being bitten by a bullet ant. Remember, this is one of the worst physical experiences that we know of. A given ant will sting many times per second, and release a pheremone that tells other ants of its species to also bite the same target.
Apparently wayward teens are experimenting with a single sting from a single ant, as in this video:
The Satere-Mawe people of Brazil have their young men endure the sting of the ant as a rite of passage into adult manhood. The subject must wear gloves containing hundreds of ants for up to ten minutes:
Unsurprisingly, some Westerners have taken to sampling the rite, as in this fellow who apparently nearly dies from the experience:
This fellow is a bit more macho about it, but also collapses in tears:
Do keep in mind, that small boys endure this hell with impressive restraint:
So… if you’re looking for a new experience, and are a bloody idiot, there are some ants in Central America who are more than willing to bite your tourist ass.
(And yes, I would likely try it, too. ‘Cause I’m a bloody idiot tourist.)