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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.
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idk i think basically all animals save parasites are cute
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 them
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All we have to do is keep killing the ugly bugs and eventually they'll get cuter
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because 98% of what makes something "cute" is big eyes, and bugs don't have big eyes, except ... WOW... the cute ones!
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Some bugs are cute
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>>4291212
It'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.
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>>4291212
I always thought moths were cute
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bugs ROCK!
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>>4291802
ESPECIALLY moths
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>>4291827
LOOK at this guy. he is COOL
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>>4291829
HANDSOME and CHARMING
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>>4291830
filled with YOUTHFUL VIGOR
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>>4291832
UNDENIABLY SOPHISTICATED.
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>>4291833
with a flare of ELEGANCE unmatched
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>>4291835
and a VIBRANT PRESENCE that COMMANDS RESPECT
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>>4291839
SUGARY SWEET
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>>4291841
yet ORGANIC and CONFIDENT
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>>4291842
RESOURCEFUL. CLEVER.
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>>4291849
with a penchant for STYLE
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>>4291852
theyve got it all figured out
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>>4291854
the result speaks for itself
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>>4291285
Really cute
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>>4291212
I 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.
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>>4291861
bee flies yeah
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Can the pede cute?
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>>4291894
yes
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>>4291212
I 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 food
Also 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
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>>4291221
https://youtube.com/shorts/3PQymLHm7_c?feature=share
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>>4292014
Look at 'im go!
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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.
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>>4291212
But bugs are already cute OP
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>>4291894
Why do they love pets bros?
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i kill grasshoppers on sight, they are really destructive for the garden, one even kinda attacked me at night once

>>4291865
blacc wasp with bird beak, wtfak
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these things ARE cute, from a distance (couple miles)
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For me, it's praying mantis.
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>>4292207
I 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.
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>>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 them
This. I don't think it's feasible to breed "cute" bugs because people aren't open to the idea of them being cute.
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>>4291212
Out 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.
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>>4291867
>>4294199
>shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip shlip
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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
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>>4294213
roaches can be surprisingly pretty too. Dubias are pretty as adults (especially the wingless females) and kinda cute as nymphs. Madagascan hissers are adorable goofs.
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>>4291212
>Why aren't bugs cute?
But they are. Only people with taste seem to notice.
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>>4294575
i bought 10 babies, watched them grow, and now I'm sad about feeding them to my tarantula. they're interesting
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>>4294602
i 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.
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>>4291802
you know that's not a moth, right?
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>>4294196
>ploop ploop ploop ploop ploop ploop ploop ploop ploop
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>>4292014
>skinny little legs
>fat chunky feet
>walking like a cat forced to wear booties
I love this spider so much it's unreal.
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>>4291212
I 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.
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>>4291861
Unironically yes
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>>4291221
>indoctronation
no its encoded in your dna. higher natural disgust reaction strengthens this response.
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>>4291221
Indoctrinated? 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.
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>>4296893
Wrong, 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.
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>>4297122
>eaten by a bug
Unless you're like 300 million years old I doubt it
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>>4296282
This. 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
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>>4291941
>>4296889
>>4296893
>primal fear
>encoded in your DNA
Your 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?
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>>4299296
…yes? Especially before you actually indoctrinate yourself as you grow older and learn more about the bugs that you release your primal fears.
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>>4296893
>primal fear of bugs
>even though both our ancient human and our more primitive monkey like ancestors ate bugs
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i like em
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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.
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>>4299660
They still had reactions to kill it to avoid being poisoned dumbass
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>>4299670
Primates don’t kill bugs to avoid being poisoned, they either kill them to eat them or don’t kill them at all
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>>4291221
>save parasites
How is this little fuzzball not cute?
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>>4299673
Your genes wouldn't last very long if it wasn't for civilization, you're lucky
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>>4291802
That's a toy
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>>4299660
>>even though both our ancient human and our more primitive monkey like ancestors ate bugs
Made up drivel, some monkeys eat bugs but not our human ancestors historically
the 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)
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>>4299670
>>4299680
Bugs 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
>>4299684
Historically 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
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>>4294196
>>4295238
that exact sound: https://youtu.be/XiY3BzXKtsU?t=30
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>>4299671
I love them.
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>>4295272
Caribena versicolor...but all tarantulas walk awkward like that comes with the territory when you're Mr magoo with 8 legs
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>>4299688
>0.01% are remotely dangerous
A bit disingenous since people would more than likely notice the malaria carrying mosquitoes around them rather than the different types of aphid
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>>4291212
The 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
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>>4291867
>violently facefucking it's food
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>>4301610
People 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
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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.
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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
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>>4304069
How do jumping spiders make you feel? They're pretty recognizable, so you instantly know that they're the "safe" spiders.
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>>4304093
Oh 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
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>>4291861
Technically that thing has a gajillion tiny eyes
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>>4304106
dios mio...
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>>4304106
Sometimes I point lasers into fly eyes

I wonder if that hurts
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>>4299639
Babies 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.
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>>4291827
Why would an insect have fur?
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>>4304655
Warmth during the cold night and RAM to confuse bat echolocation.
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>>4291861
I hate blowflies so much it's unreal
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>>4291212
what a retarded question
theyre 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
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>>4305172
Some are pretty big
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>>4305172
Ask me how I know you can't see individual leaves on trees from afar
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>>4291212
I 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.
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>>4304758
Grubs are adorable. They're so soft n hungry! I want a Hercules beetle so bad..
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>>4305606
cute
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Insects are ugly
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>I will never have a moth gf
I ABSOLUTELY HATE THIS TIMELINE
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>>4308028
Why this bug looks soo cute close but soo ugly far away
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>>4308032
from far away we're unable to appreciate the fuzzyness and cute eyes!
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>>4294602
Literally 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
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POST WEEVILS YOU FOOLS
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>>4291212
nah bugs are nightmare fuel, i cant even look at themy4
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>>4296282
Yeah 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.
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personally I find bugs fucking disgusting, all of them. Hate those fuckers
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>>4308028
T.solobip
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>>4292014
why he blue
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METALLICA
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Luna Moths are tragic beauties.
>>4291833
That's a hawk moth yeah? Looks like the hummingbird hawk moths we get around here.
>>4291894
>>4292191
Millipedes 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.
>>4304093
Jumping 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.
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>>4291212
because we find things that resemble a human baby's face cute, and most insects dont look like that
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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
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forgot the damn picture
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>>4310996
Cucullia speyeri
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>>4299669
simple cute is fine, too
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>>4291212
that's not what "neoteny" means you absolute faggot.
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>>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?
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Dude, i live in tropical island, what is this bug ? It had the head of fly and the butt of bee wtf
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>>4291212
>If bugs were cute and developed neoteny
Well, guess what, fa-
>>4291221
Motherfucker.
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>>4312399
I 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?!?
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>>4311022
It's not?

I literally saw a picture of Betty boop next to the term on some old Grolier encyclopedia.
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>>4291212
Great 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 bred

Some 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
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>>4313651
Probably 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.
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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.
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>>4312453
You're thinking of kinder schema which refers to humanlike neoteny.
A permanent larva that doesn't metamorphose would be a neotenous bug.
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>>4313651
silk moth.
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>>4314074
It was pretty obvious that OP meant human-like neoteny.
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smol friends
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I fucking hate bugs
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>>4291221
That thing is terrifying



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