(also known as insectophobia
) is the abnormal fear of or aversion to insects
and similar arthropods
, and even other "bugs", such as worms. Commonly, this condition might be referred to as the "fear of insects or bugs". This condition causes a slight to severe emotional reaction, a form of anxiety
or a panic attack
. It is a particular case of specific phobias
, all of which have basically the same causes (differing mostly in the source of phobia
) and similar choices of treatments.
Among notable cases are apiphobia (fear of bees) and arachnophobia (fear of spiders).