Insects are horrible, horrible little creatures. They're basically nature's way of thanking us for all our pollutions. But despite the dreadfulness of the world's insects, one can't help but admire the awesomeness of some of the most badass insects out there. Some of them are actually so badass that they put most of our action movie heroes to shame.

This is a list of the most badass insects in the world which, given the chance to grow a pair of testicles, would find that they were made of solid steel.

The Africanized Honey Bee

Africanized honey bee

Bees are pretty cool - they have a constant battle paint on, they can fly and they attack their enemies with tiny butt-swords. And they aren't afraid of anything - they don't even care that their enemy is a hundred thousand times larger than them, or even that they will die once they've delivered their sting. And the Africanized honey bee is the most badass of all the bees out there.

The badassery:

It's not an increased size or more dangerous poison that puts the honey bee on this list - it's their incredibly badass behavior.

While normal bees are known to occasionally sting humans, it's usually just for defensive purposes. But the Africanized honey bee read somewhere that offense is the best defense, and decided to implement this tactic in pretty much everything they do.

As soon a human (or any other large creature) comes anywhere near the bee colony, the bees  immediately view it as a serious threat (and, based on their reaction, probably as a severe insult to their mothers as well), and empty the entire hive, sending out thousands of bees to eliminate the threat. And they don't care whether you run away or not - these bees will follow you for almost a kilometer, making sure you pay for your horrible crime of entering their territory.

The Japanese Giant Hornet

Japanese giant hornet

The Japanese giant hornet is basically nature's rendition of the movie 300 - except for the fact that it makes the Spartans look like cowardly little girl scouts in comparison.

The hornets grow to a size of over an inch, can fly at incredible speeds and are equipped with a set of extremely powerful jaws capable of biting through almost anything that comes in their way. And as if this wasn't enough, they are also equipped with an acidic poison that melts flesh. It basically has all the tools necessary, and then some, to be a badass warrior.

And it totally is.

The badassery:

Presumably, a group of hornets sat down one day and watched 300, after which they thought to themselves "Pfft, we can do better than that!"

Psyched up after their little movie night, the wasps then went outside, seeking to reenact the movie, and quickly found a beehive. Convinced that the bees would make excellent Persians, the hornets then attacked the hive and started an epic battle, presumably while shouting some ridiculously awesome one-liners.

At least, that is the most logical explanation for the origin of the hornets' behavior.

When a hornet scout finds a bee colony, it calls for backup by spraying the colony with pheromones - a backup consisting of about 30 other hornets. Against a colony of 30'000 bees.  Pumped up by the impossible odds, the hornets then attack the hive and, in just a few hours, they've massacred every last one of the bees.

They then proceed to steal the bees' babies, presumably to feast upon during some crazy victory party later that night.

The Army Ant

Army ants

Ah, the army ant. The name alone puts this little creature on the list - and it certainly lives up to the name.

Unlike other ants, the army ant never stays permanently in only place - the entire ant colony prefers to move around in a giant military formation consisting of millions of individuals. They're constantly on the move, swarming around on the jungle floor. And they're all completely blind.

The badassery:

The swarming colony of army ants doesn't just run around in formation for fun - it constantly wages war on everything, and everyone, who is stupid or slow enough to get in the ants' way. And they don't use any pesky stingers or poisons to take down their prey like most insects - these ants use a much more primitive method: whenever the colony encounters something that could be considered food (and in their eyes, "food" is anything that moves), the ants will swarm over it by the hundreds of thousands, using their powerful jaws to rip their prey apart.

And they don't just kill tiny creatures either - animals the size of horses are known to have been ripped to shreds by these ants. Basically, these blind little buggers don't care at all about the species or size of their prey - if you're in the colony's way, you're going down.

But that's okay, you can always just cross a river or build an anti-ant fortress and you'll be safe from them, right? Think again. These ants don't just move in formations - they can actually use their own bodies to form huge structures, cartoon-style. They're known to latch onto each other to form protective structures against harsh weather, as well as build bridges, or even boats, in order for the colony to pass otherwise impassible obstacles.

But don't worry - at least they haven't figured out how to form a catapult to launch themselves at their prey with. Yet.