Information about specific insects - bees, wasps and ants
Bees, wasps, ants, hornets etc. are all part of the hymenoptera family,
one of the largest, both by the number of species (over 100,000)
and by the high degree of their complexity and diversity of behaviour.
They inhabit the world over and their venomous function is particularly
Bees are part of the hymenoptera family. It has a large number of
species, more than 20,000 in total. Bees are not aggressive per se,
unless they feel threatened, which is the case if you are less than
10 metres from a bee hive or from their 2 or 3 pollen gathering paths.
Certain other conditions can raise their aggressiveness - such as
wind, a storm, artificial perfumes, alcohol or even sweat. Their
barbed sting, which comes off during the attack, stays in the wound
with a pulsating venom pouch attached which keeps dispensing the
poison even after the bee has flown off to die.
The bumble bee, from the Apides family, like the honey bee, has
a safe reputation, but it may occasionally sting man. The effects
of a hymenoptera sting can be negligible, but in a certain number
of cases very strong reactions are experienced which may lead to
the person’s death. Aspivenin is very effective against poisoning
from insect stings, although this in no way excludes recourse from
seeking immediate medical attention in the case of a serious reaction
on the part of the victim.
the case of bee stings, it is important to try not to rub the wound
as this only serves to squeeze the venom sac attached to the sting,
and push even more venom into the wound. The vacuum created over
the wound site by the Aspivenin® pump actually bursts the venom
sac and draws poison back up the shaft of the sting itself. Once
this has been done the sting itself should be extracted with a pair
wasp is part of the hymenoptera family. It is characterised by its
narrow waist and its black and yellow striped robe. It is an omnivore.
Like the bee, the venomous device is an ovipositor (an organ used
to lay eggs). Transformed into a sting, and with venom glands, it
is used to paralyze prey or it acts as a defensive weapon. Since
its sting, unlike the bee’s, is smooth, it can sting repeatedly.
It’s the most aggressive hymenoptera, especially in the Autumn
when food is scarce. Their nests are usually underground or located
in attics or roofs and there may be up to 10,000 individual wasps
in a nest. The queen lives for about a year and the workers often
just a few weeks. Their work is allotted according to task.
and hornets of the Vespides family are responsible for the largest
number of sting attacks in Europe. It must be noted that while the
hornet is not very aggressive, it remains more dangerous because
its sting can inject its venom directly into the blood. The effects
of a hymenoptera sting are generally negligible, but in a certain
number of cases very strong reactions are experienced which may lead
to anaphylactic shock and even the person’s death.
Aspivenin® is very effective against poisoning from all insect
stings, and used promptly will significantly, and painlessly, help
to reduce the amount of venom in the wound. This in no way excludes
immediate recourse to medical care as soon as possible for those
people who suffer from an extreme allergic reaction such as anaphylactic
shock, although use of the Aspivenin® immediately will help to
reduce the allergic reaction.
ant is part of the hymenoptera order. It is probably the most common
creature on the planet. The ant, or formicidae, family lives in large
communities or nests. There are several types of individuals; two
female castes comprising workers and reproducers (known as "gynes")
and males. Workers make up the majority of the society. They are
what one sees most often in nature. The females have a complete,
mainly defensive, venom device. Ants are not always stingers in spite
of a venom gland and a non-functioning sting, although in that case
they bite. In temperate zones, even multiple bites are rarely dangerous,
though they are irritating and often quite unpleasant.
some tropical species can cause strong, if not serious, reactions.
For instance, the Fire Ant not only bites, but then projects its
venom (made partly of extraordinarily formic acid) onto the wound
it inflicts. The Aspivenin pump, tested in real life conditions by
Pharmaciens sans Frontieres in the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle proved
its worth in many cases of bites from giant ants. The research involved
a local Indian tribe called the Shuar-Ashuar, and a satisfaction
rate of 97% was recorded after using the Aspivenin pump for the treatment
of giant ant bites, scorpion stings, tarantula attack and snakebites.
quickly reduce the pain and discomfort of an ant bite, and help to
alleviate the symptoms of an allergic reaction; this does not exclude recourse
to medical care as soon as possible, in serious cases, when bitten,
for example, by the giant ants of the Amazonian forest.