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Pain in Insects?

Compared with them, we humans are terrible wimps

Children -and a few adults as well- are known to have sometimes plucked off the wings of flies, heaven knows why. Housewives do not hesitate emptying spray cans of insecticide over ants in the kitchen and gardeners can go berserk over aphids on their precious rose bushes and would try to annihilate the pest with all the chemical weaponry available. Isn’t that cruel? Are the insects not suffering pain and distress? Let us examine. —>