Fear of insects

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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 venomous, 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.

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.
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E: Emanations of other problems
Invertebrates Insects
Date of last update
15.02.1997 – 00:00 CET