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Why does entomology matter?

What makes entomology the most interesting profession in the world? If you ask an entomologist what makes their profession–the study of insects and related arthropods–interesting and important, you will get an answer. A surprisingly relatable, impassioned, and compelling answer.

We sat down with delegates at Entomology 2014, the annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, to get to know the “bug crowd” a little better. The results have just about convinced us that entomology is the most interesting profession in the world, touching our lives in ways we had never guessed. Entomologists can be found working to improve our world in the realm of economics, environment, food supply, disease control, sociology, and education.

Image Credit: “Just two of us” by Donald Jusa. CC by 2.0 via Flickr.

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