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What is the most intelligent insect?
« on: 15/11/2010 17:09:29 »
What is the most intelligent insect?


 

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What is the most intelligent insect?
« Reply #1 on: 16/11/2010 11:34:07 »
I would plump for one of the colony insects, bee, wasp, ant, termite.

But it depends on what you mean by 'intelligent'. Insect intelligence cannot be compared to human intelligence, since our wholly different circumstances demand different intelligence.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 16/11/2010 14:05:13 »
personally i think it would be a bee
has the following ability's
Learning
Communication
Color Discrimination
Trophallaxis
Cognition

 

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« Reply #3 on: 16/11/2010 14:40:22 »
Colony insects are only 'intelligent' as a colony.. and that's not even true sometimes..

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Ant Death Spiral. These are fire ants (blind) who depend on pheromones laid down by the ant in front of it to trail. Someone messed up navigation good and went in a loop, so all the other ants follow endlessly until they die. Not too smart.


Bees are pretty clever, but I think that an stand alone insect would have more intelligence.

Cockroaches seem to be getting along ok...  pure dumb luck? They seem pretty adaptable, though can't tell the difference between a crumb and a big plastic structure that contains poison.

I'm going to vote for the caterpillar/butterfly. Eat, eat, eat, sleep in warm comfy tailor made bed, then fly and have sex as often as possible. Sounds pretty smart to me.
 

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