Of course, we know that insects are not inanimate. A fly senses when you try to swat it.
Science, the dominant way of knowing of our age, now finds itself caught between a rock and (very) hard place.
In “real time” they show the function of an enhancer in switching a gene from off to on.
“Not exactly proof” of extraterrestrial life, they say? It’s not a “proof” at all.
The whole earth relies on the abilities of insects, and they are well equipped for the beneficial functions they perform.