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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 11 months ago

Can insects fight back against mammals?

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A cat will torture them and eat them

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  • 11 months ago
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    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.

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  • Zirp
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    11 months ago

    many can

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  • 11 months ago

    Ever hear of stinkbugs? Or how Monarch butterflies are poisonous to birds? Or how many caterpillars are poisonous or foul tasting?

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  • Anonymous
    11 months ago

    some certainly can ................................................

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    • Zirp
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      11 months agoReport

      looks like a spider, so technically not an insect

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  • 11 months ago

    Why would they want to?

    Plenty of fleas and lice think we're food.

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  • 11 months ago

    Bees do it all the time.

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  • 11 months ago

    i think so

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  • 11 months ago

    No hunters usually kill their prey

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  • 11 months ago

    Wasps and fire ants can. There are enormous spiders that eat small bats. That isn't exactly "fighting back", but still . . .

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