No kidding, the quote in this title is in a peer reviewed published paper. The tarantula wasp lives in the US, and apparently it’s sting is so painful it will end your happiness for the near future.
“There are some vivid descriptions of people getting stung by these things,” says invertebrate biologist Ben Hutchins of Texas Parks and Wildlife, “and their recommendation—and this was actually in a peer-reviewed journal—was to just lie down and start screaming, because few if any people could maintain verbal and physical coordination after getting stung by one of these things. You’re likely to just run off and hurt yourself. So just lie down and start yelling.”
Want to know more about these interesting critters, including that they are on the rise in the Souther US? Read about their increase here.