I just read the post about the pulsating wasp. Maybe Doug can answer this for me also… it is about insects and pain. I have heard about an experiment in which a scientists snips the abdomen off of a bee that is busy (yup as a bee) getting nectar out of a flower. Seemingly the bee never even notices that its abdomen is gone and continues to drink the nectar.
On my own observation something very similar happened. About a month ago I swatted a bee with a rolled up paper and popped its abdomen clear off on impact. The bee’s head and thorax landed on my end table and I observed it closly. All but one leg remained on the thorax and both wings remained. The animal was trying to walk around normally but could only take a few steps before falling over on its back. It would constantly clean its forearms and wipe its eyes off like nothing was the matter. it was even able to crawl across my hand. The bee showed no sign of slowing down for nearly a half hour. At 45 minutes it would only move when it was blown on or touched. This is when I ended my observation and threw the bee away.
NOW I dont really know what a bee in pain might look like (there just so damn expressionless) but this one didnt appear to act out of the ordinary
ON THE OTHER HAND I have seen film of people frying a whole pan full of live mealworms and the worms thrash about and wiggle like in great pain (or that may just be my interpritation of what pain looks like).
Does Doug or anyone who reads this know of any proof that insects can or cannot feel pain? Maybe depends on the insects? Do they just lack the receptors for pain?
“Boy, wouldja get a load of the cloaca on that one”? -Cecil Adams, october 8 1999