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A shell of his former self
πŸ“½ by @covidplantdad

Green fig beetle hollowed out by ants.

The nervous system of insects differs greatly from higher order animals, they just don’t feel pain the way we do.

For humans, pain serves an evolutionary purpose: if you were to burn your hand on a hot surface, that experience is forever associated with pain. In order to avoid feeling the same pain in the future, you will (hopefully) learn from it and evade the unpleasant sensation next time.

Insects, on the other hand, do not show pain responses.

Additionally, learning from past painful experiences only serves animals that will have the chance to make the same mistake. For the most part, insects don’t live long enough for these experiences to happen more than once, so this benefit is minimized.

Take this green fig beetle as an example: while it definitely knows something is amiss, it doesn’t look too bothered about being slowly hollowed out and carried back to the colony piece by piece, in fact it almost seems to be preoccupied with carrying out its daily routine.

So while it is impossible to know what insects may or may not feel, it is an absolute certainty that they do not feel what we feel when it comes to pain.

Thank you @bugsincyberspace for helping me with the ID!



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