It may surprise you learn that the most dangerous venomous creature to Australians isn’t a spider or a jellyfish but in fact a bee.
According to a study by the University of Melbourne, published in the Internal Medicine Journal recently bees and other stinging insects pose the greatest threat to public health, taking more than a decade of Australian bites and stings into consideration.
Including fatalities, venomous stings and bites were responsible for 42,000 hospitalisations and bee and wasp stings were responsible for 33 per cent of these. Spiders were responsible for 30 per cent and snake bites only 15 per cent.
During that timeframe, 64 people died, more than half from allergic reactions resulting in anaphylactic shock.