Why You Should Spark That Hidden Insect Entomologist in You
Breaking the Mindset
Let me drop some perks of being immersed in this process. Being an entomologist is far more than being confined in a concrete laboratory. The world that we are in is a huge playground and laboratory at the same time—a mix of learning and fun!
There are more things to be appreciated in insects than just looking at their complex features. Do you know that there are countless insects waiting to be identified up to this day? Who knows, maybe you could be the next person to discover them. They are hiding somewhere in forests, grasses, soils, or even bodies of water near you. Well, you do not need to become a highly technical person to embark on this adventure. Just be fueled by your strong interest and desire in exploring the world around you. It will surely take you to a lot of places. You will get to appreciate the diversity of insects, as well as the natural habitats they belong to.
1. Traveling to Far places!
There is a high probability that you will get consumed by wanderlust as you go out there! You can start by getting out of your house and exploring your nearby surroundings. In bushes, flowers, and trees there are plenty of butterflies, moths, bees, ants, beetles, dragonflies, grasshoppers, true bugs, and other insects chilling on the spot. Observing them is already a reward; however, if you want to max out the excitement scale, then I recommend tagging some buddies who share the same interest. The farther you get, the better! Along the way, you might stop by some scenic routes such as beaches, hills, waterfalls, and mountains. One major highlight of traveling to far, undisturbed places is a higher chance of encountering rare insect species! Their diversity in such areas are significantly higher compared to disturbed areas. Stick insects and leaf insects are very challenging to spot, since they mimic their host plant. Awaken those keen eyes of yours to spot them, and when you do, it will be such a gratifying moment, I tell you. However, safety should be of utmost priority. Always bring a first-aid kit with you, and gear yourself with long sleeve shirt, jeans, and closed shoes. If by any chance you should pass through thick vegetation, use your insect net handle to inspect the area. It helps ward off some snakes and other wild creatures that are potentially dangerous. Always bring water with you to stay hydrated.
2. Becoming a Part of a Community of Entomologists and Insect Enthusiasts!
Whether you are young or young-at-heart, you are very much welcome to associate and express your knowledge and thoughts without fear and intimidation! After all, the science of entomology remains highly untouched as only a few people pursue this field. Your smallest observation counts! You might have contributed some assumptions why some insects behave this way, or why they clump together and such. By doing so, you are already becoming an insect ecologist! Bravo!
Also, many people from this community are adventurous, fun-loving, creative, and thirsty for knowledge. Getting infected with these vibes from like-minded people will heighten your interest on insects. In another instance, you can show your beautifully curated collection of different insect species to various people. You are not only confined in the scientific aspect by being an insect taxonomist, but you are also displaying your artistic prowess in curating the insects you have collected. There are plenty of ways to involve yourself in this community. Local interest groups, schools, and other organizations might be present in your community, or they might just be a click away. There are plenty of enthusiasts in different social media platforms where they share recent scientific findings, spectacular pictures of unusual insects, and even funny memes! Believe me!
3. Being One With the Environment!
Insects and humans share the universe in which they live. Thus, it is inevitable to be environmentally and socially aware as you become an entomologist. The more you are exposed to the beauty of these creatures, the greater the drive to protect and conserve them. By doing so, you are becoming one in building a sustainable future where succeeding generations can still see the beauty and diversity of insects. Maximize your interaction with the environment by being a responsible citizen. Keep your environment clean and engage in conservation activities. Surely, you can inspire other people with your own little ways, and you are likely to horizontally transmit your passions and interest on insects to other people. You are making a difference!
Currently, there is one word to describe entomology: UNDERRATED. Many perceive this science as creepy, disgusting, and difficult. However, one can never experience the joy unless he or she keeps an open mind and becomes directly involved in the field, right? Now, get out there and explore the countless possibilities found in the world of insects!
Does this inspire you to go out there and explore nature and insects?
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