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Hello, I am mostly a birder and classical violinist, but recently I've been interested in learning more about insects. I want to broaden my knowledge of the natural world from just birds to insects as well. I'm pretty much a total beginner, so I'll need a lot of identification help!
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Hi all!

My name is Bethany and I'm an amateur entomologist living in Southeastern Arizona (near Cochise Stronghold if anyone is familiar with the area.) I am interested in all things invertebrate but especially insects!!! I have a particular fondess for beetles and wasps but honestly if it has legs and an exoskeleton I'm excited.

I don't personally kill insects and my collection is almost wholly made up of insects I found dead over the years. No judgement on those that do decide to kill for their collections; I just really like insects and don't like watching them die.

I have my B.S. in organism biology from the university of Arizona and I plan to get my PhD in entomology as soon as I figure out what I might like to specialize in.
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Hi Bethany, welcome.

As far as specializing, I hate to say it but the jobs are in agriculture, particularly pests and their parasites. The days of paid Lep research are 100 years in the past. Some very few entos are fortunate enough to land Lep jobs and even most of those are in curation, genetics, or low-paying butterfly zoos.

Our son went through the Econ program at the local uni, and even before he started the program leadership told all the new entrants that if they wanted a job in Econ they WERE leaving the state. Not sure how Az is, but FL is hot for Econ grads.
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Chuck wrote: Thu Sep 29, 2022 11:56 am Our son went through the Econ program at the local uni
Sorry, but what is "Econ"?

I assume your son went to a university in NY State, Bethany (big welcome from me too) may not know that you are there.

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Chuck wrote: Thu Sep 29, 2022 11:56 am As far as specializing, I hate to say it but the jobs are in agriculture, particularly pests and their parasites. The days of paid Lep research are 100 years in the past. Some very few entos are fortunate enough to land Lep jobs and even most of those are in curation, genetics, or low-paying butterfly zoos.
Thanks for the big welcome!

Chuck: I was actually thinking agriculture would be a good field for me because 1. I'm the breadwinner for my household so even if I wanted to take an awesome job for a low rate like a butterfly house I couldn't afford it 2. It seems like a job with a decent mix of field and lab work 3. With an exploding human population we have to find a way to feed more people on the land we already farm if we have any hope of seriously conserving wild lands. 4. (And this is most important) I think insect parasites are so dang cool and studying them would rock my world!

I've only very recently started really appreciating leps to be honest. I guess I've always thought of them as too approachable; everyone loves butterflies, even people who run screaming from every other insect. Also they're delicate and spreading them feels like a chore. But then I started noticing their larva and I'm getting sucked in. Also plume moths (Pterophroidea) have been catching my eye at the porch lights lately.

Florida is supposed to have some good grad schools for entomology and it is one of the few states my husband has agreed to move to because then he could fish and get a boat. We'll see what the future holds.

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bethanyfarah wrote: Fri Sep 30, 2022 12:56 am 3. With an exploding human population we have to find a way to feed more people on the land we already farm if we have any hope of seriously conserving wild lands.
Sorry, but that's a fallacy. The only way to save valuable habitats on Earth is to reduce human populations! It is not primarily about food, but about space and human greed.
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Cassidinae wrote: Sun Oct 02, 2022 9:19 pm
bethanyfarah wrote: Fri Sep 30, 2022 12:56 am 3. With an exploding human population we have to find a way to feed more people on the land we already farm if we have any hope of seriously conserving wild lands.
Sorry, but that's a fallacy. The only way to save valuable habitats on Earth is to reduce human populations! It is not primarily about food, but about space and human greed.

The topic is introductions. Wanna argue about stuff take it elsewhere.
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Hello! I'm Juniper, and I'm currently on my 2nd year of undergrad going for my bio major. I've always wanted to be an entomologist since I was little, and hopefully I'll be able to get into a PhD program! I'm excited because this is the first year I'll be able to do undergraduate research, and maybe even design my own project with the school.

I'm only 19 for now so I don't have a super focused area of study right now, but I'm working on memorizing my field guide and getting my taxonomy down. Nobody in my family has a PhD/is involved in research or academia and my school doesn't actually have an entomologist on staff so any career advice would be GREATLY appreciated. Any personal insight into real life field research and the kind of stuff you do on the job would be awesome :)

Career-wise, I think it would be super cool to look at disease vectors or agricultural pests. I want to make a difference in the world and reduce human suffering, and I believe that includes research into better food production techniques and mosquito control.

My favorite insect group is Blattodea, by the way. I live in a college dorm and see more than enough cockroaches hanging out in the hallways and near the building outside. Most people here hate them but I find them cute haha
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Welcome aboard Juniper, stick around and you can learn a lot, ask questions. We have professionals in entomology here, perhaps they'll discuss the field, or you'll find answers as you go. We've discussed some of the aspects of the field, so you can search older threads.
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Greetings. I'm from Ontario Canada and I like to raise several Monarchs and Swallowtail every summer. It's interesting to observe and photograph them changing through their life stages.
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erotavlas wrote: Tue Oct 04, 2022 1:33 pm Greetings. I'm from Ontario Canada and I like to raise several Monarchs and Swallowtail every summer. It's interesting to observe and photograph them changing through their life stages.
Keep in mind that Danaus plexippus and all Papilio species are protected in Ontario. So even if you don’t keep them as specimen you should not announce it.
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