E. O. Wilson once said, "Every kid has a bug period . . . I never grew out of mine". Like the preeminent ecologist, I pursued Entomology as my primary educational focus. Entomologists are spoiled, for we are never more than a short distance from insects. What so pleases an entomologist - the sheer abundance, diversity, behavioral uniqueness, evolutionary success, delicate beauty, and hardiness of these six-legged beasts - displeases those who indeed left their bug phase in childhood. Regardless of one's opinion of insects, their importance cannot be overstated. To again quote E. O. Wilson, "If we were to wipe out insects alone on this planet, the rest of life and humanity with it would mostly disappear from the land. Within a few months". 

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