An entomologist is an scientist who specializes in studying insects. Just like every other science discipline, entomologist study insects from many different perspectives. Entomologists usually focus on one type of insect and specialize on that or on a few different types of insects. Some entomologist want to document and understand the amazing behavior of the insect that they study and others want to learn how they impact their environment. Theses are just some of the many different ways in which scientist study insects. Most importantly they share what they learn with the public to help us better understand why these tiny creatures that many of us don't pay attention to are hugely important to the environment.
If you have any questions about the type of work entomologist do, let us know below!
P.S. Below is a photo of what an entomologist in the field looks like! (PhD student Kelsey Scheckel photographed doing field work collecting ants at Sagehen Creek Field Station near Tahoe)
The goal of The Backyard Biodiversity Project is to increase public interest and awareness about all the different types of organisms that exist in their own backyards. As part of this goal we are going to launch a new blog/newsletter called Interesting Insects: Removing the Ick Factor. We are going to feature one insect a week and provide information about the insect and why they are interesting and an important part of our world.
We will start with my personal favorite insect to talk about: The Argentine Ant. I will be talking about this particular ant a lot on this blog since it is such a huge part of our environment here in California. As the name suggests, this is ant is originally from Argentina but can not be found in most areas here in California. These small little ants are so dominant here because despite their size they are very successful at fighting off larger native California ants, such as the carpenter ant. Check out the photo below of these argies showing off their aggressiveness towards the larger Carpenter ant.
Stay tuned for the next post where I'll go into detail about how they formed a successful super colony spanning most of California.
If you'd like to receive a weekly Interesting Insect post in your email please subscribe to our email list!