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Can you describe the pain of an insect bite? A new book could help.

Do you remember the last time you were stung by a honeybee? Would you say that it felt “burning and corrosive?” Or more like “a flaming match head quenched first by lye, then by sulfuric acid?” Could you assign the pain a numerical value? A new book ranks the pain associated with bee and ant stings and provides helpfully poetic ways of describing them.

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