openly_gray t1_jdbc9au wrote

What you refer to as meat is mostly muscle tissue, so yes bugs have meat on the inside of their exoskeleton. If you ever had crab or lobster you had “bug meat”( crustaceans and insects are in the same phylum, arthropods)


openly_gray t1_j5dg0ne wrote

Hard to tell, but arthropods are high on a lot of lunch menus so one would think predation cuts max lifespan short ( which is actually the case with most prey species since predators typically target the less fit meaning the old and the very young). It also depends if you count only the adult stage. Certain families, like mayflies have extremely short adult lifespans (days, its literally mate, spawn and die), so one could assume that more die if “old” age than through predation