Problem

Fear of insects

Other Names:
Entomophobia
Nature:

Entomophobia is a specific phobia characterized by an excessive or unrealistic fear of one or more classes of insect, and classified as a phobia by the DSM-5. More specific cases included apiphobia (fear of bees), myrmecophobia (fear of ants), and lepidopterophobia (fear of moths and butterflies). One book claims 6% of all US inhabitants have this phobia.

Lepidopterophobia can be developed in some ways. One of them by having a scary experience or if the person believes that the insect is dangerous. For example, if the person thinks a butterfly is poisonous, he/she will do anything they can to avoid getting close to them.

Entomophobia may develop after the person has had a traumatic experience with the insect(s) in question. It may develop early or later in life and is quite common among the animal phobias. Typically one has from a fear from one specific type of insect, and entomophobia leads to behavioral changes: the person with entomophobia will avoid situations where they may encounter the specific type of insect. Cognitive behavioral therapy is considered an effective treatment.

Claim:
Modern society tends to be entomophobic, afraid of insects, and constantly at war with them. Yet 99.9% of insects are beneficial or neutral with respect to humans and only 0.1% are pests. If pesticides are used to kill the latter, than society risks the loss of the majority of species, thereby destroying many that are in effect allies.
Broader Problems:
Phobia
Related Problems:
Arachnophobia
Values:
Fear
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Subject(s):
Insects
Date of last update
15.02.1997 – 00:00 CET