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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsZoology · 1 decade ago

Do insects feel pain ?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    while certainly not the only factor in pain, special nerve cells called nociceptors help to create the sensation of pain in fish and tetrapods.

    Insect nociception seems to be very different from mammal nociception. For example, insects show no disposition towards favoring injured limbs. If you break a cat's leg it will limp. If you break an insect's leg it will continue about its day as if nothing was wrong.

    They do have a tendency to avoid harmful activies, however. Like being near something too hot, or wriggling away from something that could break them in some way.

    So do they feel pain? Probably, but it's not anything like the pain that mammals suffer.

    Source(s): here's a great article on it http://www.bugsforthugs.com/2007/06/30/ask-an-ento...
  • 4 years ago

    No. They do not feel the sense like we humans do. This is because we have a central nervous system running through our vertebra (backbone) which sends messages to our brain. This means that if if our leg is hurt, we feel the pain at the top brain. On the other hand, the insects are non-vertebra and they do not have central nervous system. Thus if an ant's leg is crushed, only the leg will feel local pain. Moreover, their pain magnitude is short, since they produce large number of off springs and their life is short. They can also reproduce their lost organs. It has been observed that if you cut a cockroach's head, it will die after a month due to starving. Scientists have cut a lobster's leg and feed him, which he ate. It is also true that except for human beings no other animal is aware of its existence.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. All animals feel pain to some degree. The ability to feel pain is an important adaptation - it's vital an animal knows when it's being harmed, so that it can do something about it - and as such it evolved early in the history of life. Whilst invertebrates like insects may process and experience pain rather differently to the way we as vertebrates do, they certainly feel it.

  • 6 years ago

    No sir, but what l would like to know is: if a catapillar loses

    say an eye or a limb. Will this injury be relayed through

    to the butterfly stage?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The short answer is no.

    Whilst insects do have nerves, ganglia and what might be considered brains, scientists seem to agree somewhat that they don't feel pain like us.

  • 1 decade ago

    who cares if its a mosquito

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