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Sleep is a necessary part of survival for most animals, but what about for bugs? Do insects sleep?

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Do Bugs Sleep? Why They're Surprisingly Similar to People
"Paper wasps, cockroaches, praying mantises, and fruit flies are among insects that doze. Fruit fly sleep is even similar to mammal sleep, since the flies respond to sleep-inducing chemicals and caffeine, just like people, Klein says."

The Secrets of Ant Sleep Revealed
"Queen fire ants fall into relatively long, deep sleeps and kip for an average of nine hours every day. By contrast, workers sleep just half as much and get to rest by taking hundreds of short power naps. This division of rest may help explain why queens live for years, while worker ants typically only live for months."

Sleep deprivation impairs precision of waggle dance signaling in honey bees
"Here we show that sleep-deprived honey bees (Apis mellifera) exhibit reduced precision when signaling direction information to food sources in their waggle dances. The deterioration of the honey bee's ability to communicate is expected to reduce the foraging efficiency of nestmates."

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  • VIRGINIA Added I don't think spiders sleep