Test Your Knowledge: Poisonous Bugs Quiz
by Staff
By some estimates, there are 10 quintillion insects on the planet, and many are venomous. How much do you know about poisonous bugs?

The bullet ant is primarily known for what?

  • Its excruciating sting.
  • being very fast
  • Its huge jaws.

Why do some people call bullet ants the "24-hour ant?"

  • They only mate for 24 hours in their short lives.
  • The pain of a sting lasts a whole day.
  • You're at risk of dying for up to a day after being stung by one.

Where is the Katipo spider found?

  • Mali
  • Austria
  • New Zealand

In warm environments, how large can Scolopendra centipedes grow?

  • 6 inches
  • 8 inches
  • 12 inches

What sort of bug is Parabuthus transvaalicus?

  • spider
  • scorpion
  • ant

About how many people have Africanized honey bees killed?

  • 100
  • 1000
  • 10000

How do venomous centipedes inject their poison?

  • through a stinger
  • through jaws
  • through modified forelegs

How far can Japanese Giant hornets fly in a single day?

  • at least 50 miles
  • at least 10 miles
  • at least 5 miles

What is one way a Japanese Giant hornet can attack you?

  • bite your lip
  • wedge itself into your ear
  • spray venom into your eyes

Where might you find poisonous funnel-web spiders?

  • Australia
  • Peru
  • Morocco

The venom of Sydney funnel-web spiders is especially poisonous to which animals?

  • dogs
  • fish
  • primates

When provoked into attacking, how do Sydney funnel-web spiders respond?

  • attack the aggressor's face
  • grab on and bite repeatedly
  • bite and run

How many different species of fire ants are there in the world?

  • about 280
  • about 170
  • about 90

Why is Paratriatoma hirsuta called the "kissing bug?"

  • They make an odd kissing sound.
  • They bite people on the lip.
  • They kiss during mating rituals.

What percentage of redback spider bites actually contain venom?

  • about 15%
  • about 30%
  • about 60%

Where do brown recluse spiders tend to live?

  • in undisturbed locations
  • in the desert
  • in the forest

Compared to black widows, how poisonous is the venom of the brown widow spider?

  • half as poisonous
  • twice as poisonous
  • four times as poisonous

What kind of bug is the deathstalker?

  • wasp
  • centipede
  • scorpion

How long is the stinger on the female tarantula hawk?

  • 1/4 inch
  • 1/3 inch
  • 1/2 inch

How long does the worst of the pain from a tarantula hawk last?

  • about three days
  • about three hours
  • about three minutes

Brazilian wandering spiders are also known as what?

  • coconut spiders
  • mango spiders
  • banana spiders

How big are giant Japanese hornets, the largest hornets in the world?

  • two inches
  • three inches
  • four inches

About many people die each year after being attacked by giant Japanese hornets?

  • about 40
  • about 100
  • about 300

What do Brazilian wandering spiders do when confronted?

  • jump straight up
  • raise their front legs
  • scurry towards the attacker

Which state voted the tarantula hawk as its official insect?

  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada

How many insects in the world have a sting pain rating of four or higher?

  • 22
  • 18
  • four

Which of the following is NOT one of the insects with the most painful sting on the pain scale?

  • tarantula hawk
  • giant Japanese hornet
  • brown recluse spider

To what size do deathstalker scorpions grow?

  • 2.5 inches
  • 3.5 inches
  • 5.5 inches

Annually, about how many people go to U.S. emergency rooms due to black widow spider bites?

  • roughly 25
  • roughly 250
  • roughly 2,500

How far might Africanized honey bees chase humans?

  • 1/4 mile
  • 1 mile
  • 1.5 miles