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A different approach to study entomology

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A different approach to study entomology

Postby Myrmecia » Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:51 am

Hello, I want to ask you advice about my idea.
I'm a young budding entomologist, I study insects. I noticed that traditionally study entomology means building a collection, a necessary and useful stage to determinate the species. And here's the problem: an entomologist often becomes only a collector. I think that determinate species and collect insects by an amateur is a useful way to know species or to know the distribution of insects in a specific area and contribute to scientific knowledge, but I think it even more useful observe every species in their natural habitat, and understand more about their biology, interactions, and their behaviour.
For example, of the butterflies of the genus Morpho it's known every details of the wing's structure, but it's not well known their biology and behaviour.
So I want to make a forum/site to connect amateur entomologists to study insects in a different way, and now I'm trying to figure out how I can do it. In addition, I want to make a point of reference for anyone who wants to approach to entomology.
What do you think? Have you got any suggestions?
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Postby Darby » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:27 pm

Very few entomologists are working in collection and taxonomy. The majority of them do research, and most of that research is agricultural or medical.
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Re: A different approach to study entomology

Postby Myrmecia » Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:12 pm

Yes, but I'm speaking about amateur entomologists!
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Postby Darby » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:55 am

Sorry, missed that. There has been a long-standing community of collectors, it seems like they must have some internet presence...
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Postby SteveYst » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:18 pm

You can of course also contribute a great deal to general entomological knowledge by "just" observing insects and not collecting them. This would then contribute to the knowledge on the aut- or synecology of those selected species. At one point however, you also have to refer to an entomological collection or an entomological taxonomist in order to make sure what species you are observing.
By the way, the habit of just getting out and collecting-collecting insect specimen for a collection is also fading among most entomologists. Quite often they still collect, but release the specimen alive again and take records only.
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