With the news of giant ‘murder hornets’ recently reaching US shores, a video of a YouTuber deliberately letting a Japanese giant hornet sting him is circulating across social media.
The 38-year-old brave soul is Nathaniel "Coyote" Peterson, who made the video in 2018 as part of his Breaking Trail series where he travels around the world letting bugs sting him.
Over the course of the 18-minute video, Peterson captures the hornet, lets it sting him and then records the immediate aftermath, as well as the next 24 hours while it’s left untreated.
The video’s YT description states:
This creature injects venom in such a high dosage that it can destroy tissue and attack the nervous system of its victim. Will Coyote be able to stand the pain as he finds out just how nightmarish this hornet’s sting really is?
Well yes, because – spoiler alert – he lives to tell the tale.
After letting the hornet sting him, Peterson describes immediately feeling “dizzy” as he screams out about the “searing pain” coursing through his arm.
Within five minutes, the area around the sting begins to swell, causing a noticeable bump in his forearm.
As he’s writhing around on the floor after 20 minutes of non-stop pain, Peterson said:
No relief yet. It’s just a matter of… controlling the level of pain. Rolling around on the floor and screaming at this point really isn’t doing me any good.
Within 24 hours, his whole arm swelled up to nearly double its normal size as he said the hours following the sting “were some of the most painful” he’s ever experienced.
It was also a heavy trauma for both his “mind and body”.
Peterson said at the time the video was posted that he considered it to be “the most painful sting in the world”.
People took to the comments of the YouTube video to express their horror at what they just witnessed. One wrote:
I’m amazed on how this guy doesn’t curse even if it hurts so bad
Anyone else pretty concerned after watching this
While another responded:
Pls STOP HURTING YOURSELF IT’S MAKING ME CRY
The resurfaced video comes about after reports emerged earlier this week of multiple sightings of the hornet near the town of Blaine in Washington.
The Asian giant hornet – also known as the ‘murder hornet’ grows up to two inches and delivers nearly seven times the amount of venom as a honey bee.
The US Department of Agriculture is currently working on a plan to trap queen hornets to reduce their spread across North America.
A video also recently emerged of a killer hornet killing a mouse: