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The Sting of the Wild

Justin O. Schmidt


The “King of Sting” describes his adventures with insects and the pain scale that’s made him an entomological celebrity.


 ". . . an excellent book . . ."—Newsweek

". . . a masterpice of nature writing." —Nature's Cool Green Science

". . . a childlike mix of gleeful fascination and terror-induced bravery . . .  Schmidt's tales will prove infectiously engaging even to entomophobes." —Publishers Weekly


Read a sample here. 

Downloadable Resources:

[Press Release]    [High-resolution cover photo]    [Author Photo]

For access to interior images, email Kathryn Marguy (


The Sting of the Wild in the News:

CBS Sunday Morning

2016 Foreword INDIES Finalist

Forbes — "The 10 Best Popular Science Titles of 2016"

Zoo Radio

Science for the People

Live Wire Radio

The Leonard Lopate Show

National Geographic

Times Literary Supplement

SiriusXM's "Knowledge@Wharton"

DIY Network "Made + Remade"

New York Times Magazine

Mother Nature Network


NPR's "Radio West"

SiriusXM's "Tell Me Everything" with John Fugelsang

BBC Earth

Science Friday

The Guardian

Atlas Obscura

New York Post

National Geographic


BBC Wildlife Magazine

Virgin Radio UK

Nature's Cool Green Science

Discover Magazine

Nature Magazine

BBC Focus Magazine

The Week Magazine—"Author of the Week: Justin Schmidt"

Pittsburgh's KDKA TJ Show

CBC's Quirks & Quarks

Outside Magazine

Improbable Research podcast


Scientific American


NPR Weekend Edition

NPR Books


NPR Morning Edition (2015)


Related Media:

Science Friday visualizes the Schmidt Sting Pain Index

Dr. Schmidt wins 2015 Ig Nobel Prize for developing the Schmidt Sting Pain Index

The Schmidt Sting Pain Index in Marvel's Ant Man

Author Bio:

Justin O. Schmidt is a biologist at Southwestern Biological Institute and is associated with the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona.


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Sales Queries - Kerry Cahill / / 410-516-6936