"WEAK" argument pops, if anything breaks on the adult it means doom, from its digestive components, its lungs, heart, anything at all.<quoted text>
Thank you Doctor, at least you did look into the Hopper Bug mechanical gears.
To answer you question,why did he allow for the gear system to molt away and NOT regrow?
A damaged gear in a juvenile Hopper Bug could be replaced during the next molting. But with an Adult Hopper Bug theres no mechanics around with spare gears and no replacements from molting.
A broken gear means doom for the adult bug. If the adults didnt lose the mechanical gears. A bug shop with mechanics would need to be designed and built.
Be careful Doc or you will find yourself in that trap. If its too complex and mechanical by nature, then evolution did it.
Now my questions for you. As a species how would the Hopper Bug juvenile know its species is diminishing? And a set of mechanical gears would be needed to continue the species? Other insects and bugs dont have toothed mechanical gears like found on an old analog clock.
The juveniles didn't KNOW anything, they are incapable a reasoning, the processes of evolution, very slowly over a very long period of time, experiments with ways to make the species more adaptable to it environment. Like this:
You find an colony of ants, you spray the nest with insecticides, almost all of the ants die, but just maybe a few survive. The ones that survive had a very slight resistance to the insecticide, they didn't KNOW this, but it did pass on it's genes to the next generation of ants, these ants also had the resistance to the insecticide. The rate at which ants reproduce is very rapid so you can see how this resistance is rapidly passed on the future generations. Once again the hopper bugs, like the ants didn't KNOW, it was just the process of evolution doing what it does to promote adaptation and in the end survival.