Insects fascinate me. I love to observe them in their tiny worlds. I especially appreciate the variety of unique forms they take on, each like a miniature sculpture.
Months ago, when I saw an entomology class offered at the New York Botanical Garden, I signed up. Taught by Tam Nguyen, I loved every second of it, including the exams.
Gain a basic understanding of the structure, growth, ecology, and evolution of insects and their role in human life. Learn how to collect, identify, classify, and preserve a wide variety of insects.
The librarian at the NYBG introduced me to a book which was very helpful in my pursuit to learn more about collecting and preserving specimens!
A key to identify specimens.
Recommended by the librarian at the NYBG. Best book ever.
Advice on recording information in the field.
The class touched on entomophagy:
en•to•moph•a•gy noun The practice of eating insects, especially by people.
I knew this was common in other parts of the world, but hadn’t realized it’s been gaining traction here in the states. Of course I had to try it for myself, but approached it in the tamest way possible and haven’t advanced beyond this point, yet…