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πŸ“½ by Getawaymoments on YouTube (they do not have an Instagram unfortunately)
Wasp dissects a monarch caterpillar.

Here’s a question: do you think insects feel pain?

Some experts believe they don’t, or in the very least not the same way we do.

We know they avoid injury, in humans this is known as “nociception” and defined as: An unpleasant sensory experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage.

A great example of nociception in humans is during sleep – even in the deepest stages of the sleep cycle, tossing and turning is sometimes necessary to avoid putting yourself into potentially damaging positions.

Most, if not all of these experiences are remedied without your knowledge, or at the very least you’ll have no memory of said movement when you wake.

Pain on the other hand is ultimately believed to be an emotional response, so in order to feel pain the way we do, insects would have to possess the ability to express emotion.

So I guess the better question is: do insects experience emotions, and if so how are they expressed?

Hopefully all of that wasn’t too confusing, it’s a pretty big concept that I’m still having trouble understanding completely.

I hope one day we find out that they don’t feel pain in the traditional sense, because the more you pay attention to the insect world, the more thankful you’ll be to live in ours.