there is actual video footage of centipedes hanging down catching bats btw it's quite interesting.I've read in a lot of places that centipedes in particular are very smart, and there's always the oft-cited example of centipedes in a cave hanging down and catching bats, though I find it overblown. I would love to see an actual experiment about it, though.
The producer threw a bat at it. Or just tong fed the centipede, these are staged.
Evidence?Probably why the shot gets all shaky when it catches it lol
But in the context of keeping arthropods in captivity, I think it's pretty safe to say that arthropods don't get bored or suffer from a lack of stimulation the way extremely active and intelligent animals do. Even if we assume that a tarantula is capable feeling happy, it's perfectly happy to spend its entire life cramped in a dirt hole.I have to roll my eyes when people dismiss this kind of discussion as mere "anthropomorphism"
It's far sillier to assume that emotion is either rare in nature or indicative of "higher intelligence." Feeling pleasant or unpleasant are extremely simple, basal things and our reluctance to think of other organisms as feeling "happy" or "unhappy" is more than anything else a symptom of our inflated ego as a species. We want to believe what we experience is truly special. Thinking of insects as mindless and unemotional kind of goes back to the fear and revulsion humans have towards them; our culture wants to think of them as alien monsters we have nothing in common with.
What about mature males, which wander around in the wild searching for males? Species of spiders that don't just stay in a singular hide their entire life? More intelligent spiders like jumping spiders?Even if we assume that a tarantula is capable feeling happy, it's perfectly happy to spend its entire life cramped in a dirt hole.
Obviously different arthropods have different requirements depending on their lifestyles, including different ages and sexes within the same species...that was just an example.What about mature males, which wander around in the wild searching for males? Species of spiders that don't just stay in a singular hide their entire life? More intelligent spiders like jumping spiders?
I can't find any conclusive research on spider intelligence, most of what I've seen is just a general take on the subject, so I personally feel kinda iffy about making conclusions without anything backing it up.