study insects and their allies?
are just about the most abundant creatures on the earth, accounting
for about 95% of all animal species. They have been around for millions
of years and occupy just about every kind of habitat you can think
of. As such, no matter what you do or where you go, you are bound
to encounter these animals.
can be be beneficial to man such a honeybees which provide honey
and pollinate crops, or silkworms that provide silk. In some cultures
invertebrates themselves are utilised as food for people and form
a regular part of their diet. Other species are considered pests
of man and are responsible for such things as spreading diseases
and eating our crops, clothes, furnishings and structures. Other
can be just plain annoying when they bite or sting.
the whole most invertebrates hold no significance to man at all,
except as interesting creatures to observe and share our world with.
It is often for this reason that many people begin a career of studying
invertebrates. Some may wish to help protect our crops and other
goods from invertebrate pests, while there are those who feel that
invertebrates can further improve our lives in ways we have yet
to imagine. Others also study invertebrates to help preserve their
diversity as many species are disappearing because of the effects
Due to the sheer
number of species, a lot invertebrates can be easy to find and as
such make good study subjects. Little is known of other species
and therefore new facts about many can be learned through studying
them, as well as the possibility of discovering a previously unknown
People who study
insects are known as entomologists. The study of insects is known
as entomology. Not all people who study invertebrate make a career
out of it. Some are just amateur entomologists that start studying
invertebrates as a hobby.
and Preserving Invertebrates.
is important to remember however, whether you are a hobbyist or
a professional, invertebrates need to be well preserved if they
are to be able studied correctly. Techniques and equipment for collecting
and preserving invertebrates can range from very simple to reasonably
complex due to the diversity of species. However, even for the hobbyist
the inexpensive bare essentials will guarantee results that give
immense pleasure and satisfaction. See Collecting
invertebrates for more information.