By Jim Ribble, CNN
(CNN) - Imagine spending your professional life getting stung by insects. It's just another day at the office for entomologist Justin Schmidt at the University of Arizona.
[3:38] "You get these waves of pain, and you're just there in agony. Ice won't work, a little bit of libation won't help the problem, you can't sleep," he says.
[0:15] "One of the good things about stinging insects is that if they have a 'message' to give you, they'll give it to you voluntarily, and you don't really have to entice them to."
Based on the personal and agonizing experience of receiving those messages, Schmidt's compiled a list of the 10-most-painful insect stings. Here they are, starting with the "least" painful:
#10: SWEAT BEE- Like a tiny spark has singed a hair on your arm.
#9: FIRE ANT- Like walking across a shag carpet and reaching for the light switch.
#8: BULLHORN ACACIA ANT- Like someone fired a staple into your cheek.
#7: BALD-FACED HORNET- Like getting your hand smashed in a revolving door.
#6: YELLOWJACK- Imagine W.C. Fields putting out a cigar on your tongue.
#5: HONEYBEE- Like a matchhead burning your skin.
#4: RED HARVESTER ANT- Like using a drill to excavate your ingrown toenail.
#3: PAPER WASP- Like spilling a beaker of hydrochloric acid on a paper cut.
#2: TARANTULA HAWK – Like a running hair drier has been dropped into your bubble bath.
#1: BULLET ANT- Like firewalking over flaming charcoal with a 3-inch nail grinding into your heel.