If one were cooking a pot of pasta or a soup and later found a bug or many bugs in the pasta or soup, would the pot need to be re-kashered after it was thoroughly cleaned?
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No need to kasher once the bugs have been cleaned out, because the halachah is that bugs are נותן טעם לפגם, they impart an unpleasant taste [that does not enhance the flavor of other foods]. Source: Yoreh Deah siman 104.
Your average bug is probably not much bigger than a half a centimeter. That means its volume is 0.125 cm^3. Assuming a bug is roughly the same density as water, a bug should weigh around 125mg. 60 times the weight of a bug would be roughly 7.5 grams. Most pots contain more food then that.
I did it in weight because it is easier to appreciate weight measurements, it would come to roughly the same result if one calculated in volume, a pot 60 times .125 cm^3 would be 7.5 cm^3. That is definitely smaller than your average pot.
In other words, there is a good chance that the bug would be batul in the pot.