American entomology, or, Descriptions of the insects of North America :

ilustrated by coloured figures from drawings executed from nature

By: Say, Thomas, - Barber, Herbert Spencer, - Hay, William Perry, - Lesueur, Charles Alexandre, - Wayland, A. E., - Kneass, Young & Co.,

Publication info: Philadelphia :Published by Mitchell and Ames, W. Brown, printer, Prune Street,1817.

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Two months later: Update on rescued Mississippi whales
Eyewitness News has received an update on the two, young, pygmy killer whales found near death a year ago. They were beached in Waveland, Mississippi, hundreds of miles from their deep water habitat.

Update on the pygmy killer whales that were rescued in Mississippi and later released! The tracking tag on the healthier one seems to have malfunctioned and stopped sending signals after two weeks. But the other one is swimming around the Louisiana coast and taking long, deep dives, which is necessary for them to hunt. Sounds like he’s doing well! This species has not been studied very well and rescue situations are rare, making it extra good news that this one is surviving and as a bonus, providing data for marine biologists.

The Tarantula Hawk Wasp’s Sting Is So Excruciating You can’t Help but Fall Down and Start Screaming
The Tarantula Hawk is a large wasp that has such a painful sting, scientists recommend you just drop to the ground and scream, so you don't hurt yourself even worse.

The Tarantula Hawk is a type of wasp with an excruciatingly painful sting that lasts only three minutes, but feels like a lifetime. The pain, rated four (highest) on the Schmidt sting pain index,  is best described as “fiercely electric”. Bug experts and people who have been stung claim the pain is a lot like getting electrocuted. And the best strategy to deal with it is – get this – to lie down and start screaming!

According to a report in the Journal of the Kansas Entomology Society, “Tarantula hawks produce large quantities of venom and their stings produce immediate, intense, excruciating short term pain in envenomed humans.” The report adds that “the instantaneous pain of a tarantula hawk sting is the greatest recorded for any stinging insect,” but “the venom itself lacks meaningful vertebrate toxicity.” In other words, the wasp’s sting isn’t deadly, but it’s so painful that it’ll make you want to die…