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A Bug’s (Intellectual) Life

Written by PETA | November 20, 2009
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Bugs are fascinating, and if anyone tries to tell you different, have them check out this article, which offers proof that many insects are tiny geniuses who are capable of counting, categorizing objects, and recognizing human faces. Recent studies show that even though their brains are oh-so-teeny-tiny, ants, bees, and other braniac bugs are brilliant creatures. There is overwhelming evidence that brain size has no effect on intelligence and that in many cases a bigger brain is not a smarter brain.

One study shows that honeybees, whose behavioral abilities rival that of some vertebrates, can determine whether or not shapes are symmetrical, can classify objects according to sameness and difference, and will stop flying after passing a predetermined number of landmarks.

I bet if you tried you could think of a few humans who struggle with those three tasks. I’ve been known to have a little trouble with that last one, myself.

So the next time you see one of these clever critters, keep in mind their ingenious minds, and let them live their complex, profound lives. We’ve got just the thing to help you.

Written by Logan Scherer

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  • Samantha says:

    I love bugs! They are so unique and intelligent in ways that one doesnt realize. We got a lot of our ideas from them too. Paper was actually an idea taken from wasps. Weird. I love these little guys and dont kill them. Even the poisonous ones.

  • lynda downie says:

    Great studies. They begin to answer the questions I’ve heard so many ask”Are humans the only intelligent species in our galaxy? Are there other intelligent life forms?” Yeah just look around you.

  • carla says:

    I know MANY human beings with little or no brains!!!

  • Brien Comerford says:

    Bugs are intriniscally brilliant. The benevolent Creator in all wisdom ensured that each creature no matter how small had a niche to fill in the grand scheme of things.

  • Hodge Podge says:

    Best not become a pilot then?? p This is a surprise though I never squished bugs I never really took them as seriously as farm animals. I’ll have to change that…