Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Poisonous Insects
Name: Sherry D.
Status: student
Age: 17
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 2/22/2004

What is the most poisonous insect?

Hi Sherry! Insects that carry poison are mainly wasps, bees and ants. It is hard to determine the most poisonous one since the poison toxity will depend upon the victim sensibility and the number of bites. In certain cases if the person or animal attacked is allergic to the poison there can happen an anaphilactic shock and eventually death.

Also there are some kinds of insects that are not poisonous but that are carriers (vectors) of deadly ilnesses as yellow fever. In these cases the insect itself is not dangerous but if it bites some one that has that ilness becomes carrier of it. So if it bites another person after, the ilness can be transmitted that way.

And thanks for asking NEWTON!

(Dr. Mabel Rodrigues)

Click here to return to the Zoology Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory