Why aren't bugs cute? If bugs were cute and developed neoteny we wouldn't step on them. Can we breed cute bugs? Should be faster than animal breeding.
idk i think basically all animals save parasites are cutethe problem with bugs is that children are indoctrinated that they are scary, esp girls, so even the cuter ones cause people to sperg out and murder them
All we have to do is keep killing the ugly bugs and eventually they'll get cuter
because 98% of what makes something "cute" is big eyes, and bugs don't have big eyes, except ... WOW... the cute ones!
Some bugs are cute
>>4291212It's their weird, straw-like, multiple arms that makes them repulsive. I don't think there's a solution to the insect question, except for driving them to extinction.
>>4291212I always thought moths were cute
>>4291827LOOK at this guy. he is COOL
>>4291829HANDSOME and CHARMING
>>4291830filled with YOUTHFUL VIGOR
>>4291833with a flare of ELEGANCE unmatched
>>4291835and a VIBRANT PRESENCE that COMMANDS RESPECT
>>4291841yet ORGANIC and CONFIDENT
>>4291849with a penchant for STYLE
>>4291852theyve got it all figured out
>>4291854the result speaks for itself
>>4291212I think bugs are cute, and not just the obvious ones. May or may not have something to do with being a bugfucker though, I dunno.
>>4291861bee flies yeah
Can the pede cute?
>>4291212I would assume people evolved an instinctive revulsion towards bugs because those of us who didn't would be more likely to get sick eating spoiled/parasite-infested foodAlso neoteny isn't going to do much good when a creature's juvenile form is a larva rather than an already-cute little baby version of itself
>>4292014Look at 'im go!
Yesterday I was cooking tortillas from masa outside, which involves balling up dough in your hand, and I almost squished a big red flying insect in my hand I didn't see was there. I almost squished it into the dough. Scared the shit out of me and I ran away from it. I think bugs are cute but I'm really scared of them, and I could see the scariness from them being able to sneak around on you and biting and stinging being too much. Easy to say they're cute from online, IRL it's not a mystery to me why they're unpopular. May have been picrel, which is a stump stabber and apparently harmless.
>>4291212But bugs are already cute OP
>>4291894Why do they love pets bros?
i kill grasshoppers on sight, they are really destructive for the garden, one even kinda attacked me at night once>>4291865blacc wasp with bird beak, wtfak
these things ARE cute, from a distance (couple miles)
For me, it's praying mantis.
>>4292207I think it's cute that they depend on their larvae to feed. Apparently, they give food to the larvae, which in turn secretes a protein-rich syrup for the adult hornets to eat.I wish they weren't so dickish though.
>>4291221>the problem with bugs is that children are indoctrinated that they are scary, esp girls, so even the cuter ones cause people to sperg out and murder themThis. I don't think it's feasible to breed "cute" bugs because people aren't open to the idea of them being cute.
>>4291212Out of all countries, i think japanese has a strange fascination of them and sea critters. Maybe because most of them spend their childhood summer catching bugs or they're just weird.
>>4291867>>4294199>shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip
Bug are beautiful most of the time. Even cock roaches, but theres an instinct of disgust and aversion whenever one touches me so ill never be able to observe them as id like
>>4294213roaches can be surprisingly pretty too. Dubias are pretty as adults (especially the wingless females) and kinda cute as nymphs. Madagascan hissers are adorable goofs.
>>4291212>Why aren't bugs cute?But they are. Only people with taste seem to notice.
>>4294575i bought 10 babies, watched them grow, and now I'm sad about feeding them to my tarantula. they're interesting
>>4294602i feed a few to my gecko every couple days. I like them but kinda don't see them as pets, more like livestock. Still to be respected and cared for but not to the point I get sad about it anymore. I'd suggest keeping a colony but with a tarantula you'll end up with way too many. I mean, I ended up with way too many and I have a couple T's and a leopard gecko.Hissing cockroaches, however, will always be pets to me. Dubias are inoffensive for roaches but still very roach-like, hissers are big, slow, clumsy and pretty much the opposite of all the things that still ick me about pest cockroaches.
>>4291802you know that's not a moth, right?
>>4294196>ploop ploop ploop ploop ploop ploop ploop ploop ploop
>>4292014>skinny little legs>fat chunky feet>walking like a cat forced to wear bootiesI love this spider so much it's unreal.
>>4291212I think it's less about the way they look and more the way they act. Ugly-cute is a thing after all. Snails are considered a cute bug and it probably has a lot to do with them being slow thus more predictable. Compare to something like >>4291221 which will skitter up your arm at a moment's notice. You don't feel in control with most bugs, and humans are used to being the alphas in control, or at least feeling like we are. A crane fly that was sat on the wall chilling will suddenly start flying in your face and dive bombing you just because. Even if it had big kawaii eyes and made calls on the same wavelength as human babies, that kind of unpredictable irrational behaviour would still put people off.
>>4291221>indoctronationno its encoded in your dna. higher natural disgust reaction strengthens this response.
>>4291221Indoctrinated? Stop smoking crack, fool. It's a primal fear, similar to that of snakes, and it exists to protect us from poisonous or venomous creatures.
>>4296893Wrong, primal fear exists in instinct because ancient primate ancestors were eaten by these creatures.That means the ability to see them as appealing or beautiful is actually transcendent of biology.
>>4297122>eaten by a bugUnless you're like 300 million years old I doubt it
>>4296282This. All "slow moving" bugs (including things like ants/spiders) are cute to me simply because I know I won't get jumpscared by them randomly. Anything really fast and unpredictable like even a housefly piss me the fuck off. Also things that I know are aggressive like wasps are scary T_T
>>4291941>>4296889>>4296893>primal fear>encoded in your DNAYour primitive ancestors were not afraid of bugs you moron, they fucking ate them. Show a tribal African or South American a bug and you think they’re gonna be scared?
>>4299296…yes? Especially before you actually indoctrinate yourself as you grow older and learn more about the bugs that you release your primal fears.
>>4296893>primal fear of bugs>even though both our ancient human and our more primitive monkey like ancestors ate bugs
i like em
The more you learn about bugs, the less afraid of them you have to be and the more you can appreciate them. There are almost no bugs where I live that can cause me any significant harm, so now it's like I have millions of little friends everywhere I go. This is one of my antelope stags and I think he's cute as hell.
>>4299660They still had reactions to kill it to avoid being poisoned dumbass
>>4299670Primates don’t kill bugs to avoid being poisoned, they either kill them to eat them or don’t kill them at all
>>4291221>save parasitesHow is this little fuzzball not cute?
>>4299673Your genes wouldn't last very long if it wasn't for civilization, you're lucky
>>4291802That's a toy
>>4299660>>even though both our ancient human and our more primitive monkey like ancestors ate bugsMade up drivel, some monkeys eat bugs but not our human ancestors historicallythe only places where humans eat bugs are those where they have no choice. Africa is not such a place. There's plenty of meat to go around in africa historically (not as of late, before you link the mosquito burger thing. That's due to the population boom in africa within the past century)
>>4299670>>4299680Bugs have virtually no evolutionary pressure to make humans afraid of them, maybe 0.01% are remotely dangerous. They’re not like snakes that are actually a threat>>4299684Historically Africans ate grasshoppers, Australian aboriginals ate moth larvae and ants and South American tribes eat all sorts of insects. Not to mention more primitive species like Neanderthals which we know also ate bugs. At most a hunter gatherer might be startled or afraid of something like a swarm of bees/wasps, but they’re around bugs 24/7 so being afraid of them would be retarded
>>4294196>>4295238that exact sound: https://youtu.be/XiY3BzXKtsU?t=30
>>4299671I love them.
>>4295272Caribena versicolor...but all tarantulas walk awkward like that comes with the territory when you're Mr magoo with 8 legs
>>4299688>0.01% are remotely dangerousA bit disingenous since people would more than likely notice the malaria carrying mosquitoes around them rather than the different types of aphid
>>4291212The real answer is that cuteness has a certain "humanist" bias to it. Incests are probably the furthest thing from humans so they can only look cute if you give them human qualities
>>4291867>violently facefucking it's food
>>4301610People probably didn’t even know mosquitos were responsible for malaria until modern medicine was a thing, they’re not gonna be responsible for a primal instinct to fear bugs
Centipedes used to be my favorite bugga, but spending a couple summers in a country with these guys I've changed my mind. They're seemingly really brave and inquisitive about humans, will land on you and just hang out, and don't mind being touched a little bit. They'll also fly next to you for awhile if you're out for a run which feels really cool. This guy has been hanging out around my stoop the last couple days and likes to land on my phone. There's also a big hill in my town that's nice to walk up, with swarms of dragonflies, and if you stand in the middle of them they'll come rest on you.I love them.
Ever since I decided to research about bugs I've started to find them a lot more pleasant to look at, though I still feel a bit weary when I see stuff like spiders or bees near me
>>4304069How do jumping spiders make you feel? They're pretty recognizable, so you instantly know that they're the "safe" spiders.
>>4304093Oh yeah I find them very cute, but I don't really know about spiders so when I find one I can't recognize if it's actually dangerous or not, a small one got into my bed yesterday and I wonder if the fucker is still there, it probably isn't going to bother me but I still have a slight fear
>>4291861Technically that thing has a gajillion tiny eyes
>>4304106Sometimes I point lasers into fly eyesI wonder if that hurts
>>4299639Babies are not naturally afraid of bugs. Also do you think apes, monkeys, etc freak out when they find a lice on them or other monkeys? No, they eat them. Your ancestors ate lice and some human populations still do.
>>4291827Why would an insect have fur?
>>4304655Warmth during the cold night and RAM to confuse bat echolocation.
>>4291861I hate blowflies so much it's unreal
>>4291212what a retarded questiontheyre absolutely tiny, so even if they are cute you cant see any of their features at all, you just see a speck running across the floor
>>4305172Some are pretty big
>>4305172Ask me how I know you can't see individual leaves on trees from afar
>>4291212I also don't understand why people don't think bugs are cute. I get it if they're gross and parasitic like mosquitoes but when people say they hate bugs like moths or harmless beetles I get confused because their only crime is being smol and adorable.
>>4304758Grubs are adorable. They're so soft n hungry! I want a Hercules beetle so bad..
Insects are ugly
>I will never have a moth gfI ABSOLUTELY HATE THIS TIMELINE
>>4308028Why this bug looks soo cute close but soo ugly far away
>>4308032from far away we're unable to appreciate the fuzzyness and cute eyes!
>>4294602Literally me. I picked up a dubia for the first time last week and it just sat there, calm, slow. Felt like shit feeding it to my tarantula
POST WEEVILS YOU FOOLS
>>4291212nah bugs are nightmare fuel, i cant even look at themy4
>>4296282Yeah this is the real reason, when I'm around a cat I'm not worried because I know what it'll probably do and can react accordingly since it's right in front of me. Some fast mother fuckers that are a literal speck in size cause way more distress because they can be anywhere at any moment and can cause harm you won't see coming.
personally I find bugs fucking disgusting, all of them. Hate those fuckers
>>4292014why he blue
Luna Moths are tragic beauties.>>4291833That's a hawk moth yeah? Looks like the hummingbird hawk moths we get around here.>>4291894>>4292191Millipedes are cute, especially the giant onea, but these guys freak me out. Flatter body with legs out to the side is much more unsettling looking then a bunch of little legs under a round body. Plus, the pinchers. >>4304093Jumping spiders are quite cute, the square-ish body, shorter/closer to body legs, and big head with front-facing eyes gives them a lot of charm that other spiders don't have.
>>4291212because we find things that resemble a human baby's face cute, and most insects dont look like that
what kind of bird will this turn into, bros? got a lot of them in the weeds at work and if theyre endangered I would want to take some home to breed them
forgot the damn picture
>>4299669simple cute is fine, too
>>4291212that's not what "neoteny" means you absolute faggot.
>>4308028>H-hi, Anon... Um, I heard th-that you like moth girls, so, um, I-I was just wondering... w-would you... go out... with me?
Dude, i live in tropical island, what is this bug ? It had the head of fly and the butt of bee wtf
>>4291212>If bugs were cute and developed neotenyWell, guess what, fa->>4291221Motherfucker.
>>4312399I doubt it's the same one since I'm not very near a tropical island, but I saw one today for the first time. Neat coincidence.Maybe it replaced a dying population of native pollinators.>B-but universally ecologically successful species are... le bad!? We're all doomed and so is the planet because ... It just is okay?!?
>>4311022It's not?I literally saw a picture of Betty boop next to the term on some old Grolier encyclopedia.
>>4291212Great thread. This just begs the question though, say we actually did breed a bug for both cuteness and even companionship.. which would be the best candidate? Not limited to just insects of course. We’ve even domesticated a bug before so its not even outlandish..I’ve narrowed down a few categories:>Has to be seen as at least somewhat cute starting out by the general public>Has to live at least close to a year+, can hopefully be bred to live longer>Has to be easy to feed>Can’t be too tiny>Can’t spend 90% of its life underground>Has to be able to live alone>Has to be able to at least tolerate handling, more can be done with selective breeding there>Can’t be too overly delicate>Can’t be too skittery, although slowness is something that can also be bredSome other stuff that would help is bright flashy colors people will be attracted to and fun behaviors to be able to watch and observe it do, but its not 100% needed. Having wings isn’t a problem either btw, they can be bred to be useless like what happened with domesticated silk moths
>>4313651Probably tarantulas, they can live a long ass time for an arthropod and are large. They don't fly or move really fast, either. Just one of the ones that don't kick hairs.
I think bugs are cute. I've done plenty of drugs in my time, but nothing gives me a more intense dopamine rush than looking at a cute bug or lizard.
>>4312453You're thinking of kinder schema which refers to humanlike neoteny.A permanent larva that doesn't metamorphose would be a neotenous bug.
>>4314074It was pretty obvious that OP meant human-like neoteny.
I fucking hate bugs
>>4291221That thing is terrifying