Can insects fight back against mammals?
A cat will torture them and eat them
- Gray BoldLv 711 months agoFavorite Answer
The stinger of the Asian giant hornet is about 6 mm (0.24 in) long, and injects an especially potent venom that contains, like many bee and wasp venoms, a cytolytic peptide (specifically, a mastoparan) that can damage tissue by stimulating phospholipase action, in addition to its own phospholipase. Masato Ono, an entomologist at Tamagawa University near Tokyo, described the sensation as feeling "like a hot nail being driven into my leg". The venom contains a neurotoxin called mandaratoxin, a single-chain polypeptide with a molecular weight around 20 kD. Whilst a single wasp cannot inject a lethal dose, it can be lethal even to people who are not allergic if the dose is sufficient (i.e., if multiple stings are received). However, if the victim is allergic to the venom, this greatly increases the risk of death. Each year in Japan, the human death toll caused by Asian giant hornet stings is around 30 to 40. Advice in China is that people stung more than 10 times need medical help, and need emergency treatment for more than 30 stings. The stings can cause kidney failure. In 2013, stings by Asian giant hornets killed 41 people and injured more than 1,600 people in Shaanxi, China.
- ZirpLv 711 months ago
- Elaine MLv 711 months ago
Ever hear of stinkbugs? Or how Monarch butterflies are poisonous to birds? Or how many caterpillars are poisonous or foul tasting?
- Anonymous11 months ago
some certainly can ................................................
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- JazSincLv 711 months ago
Why would they want to?
Plenty of fleas and lice think we're food.
- Roger the MoleLv 711 months ago
Bees do it all the time.
- Pearl LLv 711 months ago
i think so
- 11 months ago
No hunters usually kill their prey
- Ted PackLv 711 months ago
Wasps and fire ants can. There are enormous spiders that eat small bats. That isn't exactly "fighting back", but still . . .