Pondering the Life and Death of Insects

My favorite comic strip reminds me that most people have no compunction about killing insects. One of the topics I ask my students is whether it is acceptable to kill insects and whether it there should be restrictions on the type of research that can be done with insects. Are there advantages or disadvantages to having restrictions? When might restrictions be a good idea? Why do many people who “value life” place so little value on insect life? Interesting questions to ponder.

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About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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One Response to Pondering the Life and Death of Insects

  1. Agree wholeheartedly. My three kids were taught not to be afraid of insects. Here in VA we get a regular deluge of “stink bugs” which only stink if you step on them. In fact they are handsome devils, and my daughters and son regularly help them back outside when they get in the house. We do the same with bees and moths, and the empathy that comes naturally from dealing respectfully with living things has remarkable impact on other behaviors.

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