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NATtalk: 'The Sting Of The Wild'

Entomologist and Ig Nobel Prize-winner Justin O. Schmidt is on a mission. Some say it’s a brave exploration; others shake their heads in disbelief. His goal? To compare the impacts of stinging insects on humans, mainly using himself as the gauge (yes, he let hundreds of insects sting him so he could describe and rank the level of pain!).

In "The Sting of the Wild," the colorful Dr. Schmidt takes us on a journey inside the lives of stinging insects, seeing the world through their eyes as well as his own.

He explains how and why they attack and reveals the powerful punch they can deliver with a small venom gland and a “sting,” the name for the apparatus that delivers the venom.

We learn which insects are the worst to encounter and why some are barely worth considering.

Museum doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with beer, wine, and food available for sale in our café. The talk begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $9 for members and $12 for non-members, and may be purchased online, at the Museum, or by calling 877.946.7797.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Promotional photo of Entomologist and Ig Nobel Prize-winner Justin O. Schmidt. Courtesy of San Diego Natural History Museum

Above: Promotional photo of Entomologist and Ig Nobel Prize-winner Justin O. Schmidt. Courtesy of San Diego Natural History Museum

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