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This brave - or, depending on your point of view, stupid - wilderness expert has put himself through some of the planet's most infamously painful insect stings and bites.

Previously, Coyote Peterson has stuck both his hands into a fire ant nest - an experiment that left him swollen for weeks with permanent scars and was apparently like plunging your hands into fire.

As if that wasn’t enough, the 36-year-old was also stung by the velvet ant, which is known for having the longest stinger in the world, sending him into agonising pain for nearly 30 minutes.

But for some reason, none of that put him off his greatest challenge of all: the bullet ant.

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Coyote wanted to feel the bullet ant's sting, which experts say is the most potent in the world.

For that, he had to head to the low-lying rainforests of Costa Rica.

After several days of searching the dense forest, he finally spotted one of the alien-looking creatures up in a tree and then found a nest close by.

At last, Coyote could carry out the experiment.

The ant’s stinger got stuck in his arm and the pain ensued, as he fell to the ground and his arm immediately tensed up.

The toxin released is venomous - and the YouTube star said his whole muscle structure suffered, all the way up to his neck, and that the pain came in waves.

At the moment, I am experiencing hot radiating waves of pain. It feels as if someone has stabbed me with a hot poker. I can feel the venom, it’s throbbing.

He said it was the painful sting he has faced so far.

Unfortunately for him, that pain is expected to last for 24 hours.

You can watch the whole clip here.

Why does Coyote Peterson let dangerous insects sting him?

In another one of his videos on his YouTube channel, Brave Wilderness, Cayote said it just comes down to education.

For me to put myself into the position of the experimenter, to show you just how bad this bite or sting can be, and then not only how bad it can be, but how to sort of react to it after the fact.

Schmidt sting pain index

The Schmidt sting pain index is a scale that rates the level of pain felt by different stings.

Entomologist Dr Justin Schmidt is the man who was behind the list and organised pain into levels one to four. Four is the most painful.

No prizes for guessing where the bullet ant sits on the list.

Level 4:bullet ant, tarantula hawk wasp

Level 3:paper wasp, harvester ant

Level 2:honey bee, yellow jacket wasp, bald-faced hornet

Level 1.5: bullhorn acacia ant

Level 1:fire ant, sweat bee

HT New York Post

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