• Question: Which insects are the most disgusting?

    Asked by anon-357665 on 15 Mar 2023.
    • Photo: Sam Mugford

      Sam Mugford answered on 15 Mar 2023:

      I think that some flies are pretty disgusting, the baby maggots eat rotting meat, and they are sick on their food before they eat it to help digest it. However without them the world would be a terrible place, without fly maggots to help decompose dead animals there would be slowly rotting dead animals all over the place, and a lot of flies are important pollinators of plants (its not just bees that do pollination)

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      Alexandra Milliken answered on 15 Mar 2023:

      Mosquitoes 🦟. They are able to spread diseases such as malaria, which is the 5th leading cause of death from infectious diseases worldwide !

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      Caroline Stone answered on 16 Mar 2023:

      Digusting is probably a matter of opinion, but I think lily beetle larvae are pretty gross. Although the adults have striking red wing cases, the larvae (immature beetles) carry their own excrement (poo) around on their back to put predators off eating them. Pretty nasty if you ask me.