What is Entomology and Its Related Fields

What is entomology? Simply put, entomology is a branch of science which deals with everything about insects and other related arthropods.  Entomology comes from the Latin words entomon, which means insect and logos that means study.  While Entomology is the study of insects, the persons who study insects are called entomologists. Just like other body of knowledge, entomology is a…

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What Are Scale Insects?

Scale insects vary dramatically in appearance; some are very small organisms (1–2 mm) that grow beneath wax covers (some shaped like oyster shells, others like mussel shells), to shiny pearl-like objects (about 5 mm), to creatures covered with mealy wax. Adult female scales are almost always immobile (aside from mealy bugs) and permanently attached to the plant they have parasitized. They secrete a waxy coating for defense; this coating causes them to resemble reptilian scales or fish scales, hence their common nam

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How To Identify Insects

Identifying insects is a process of long, patient observation. Since there are millions of species and subspecies of insects and animals in general, you have to be careful in deciphering what is and isn’t the correct type of insect. As with most things in life, the process of identifyinf insects is largely based on simple observation. The process essentially involves the observer gong about collecting the information, reviewing said information, and finally delivering a conclusion as to what exactly the insect is.

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What Is An Insect – Basic Characteristics Of Insects

We tend to think of insects as pests, a nuisance or otherwise undesirable annoyances. However, understanding what an insect is can be interesting and fun. The formal definition of an insect is a small arthropod animal that has six legs and generally one or two pairs of wings. Basically any small invertebrate animal is an insect, especially one with several pairs of legs.

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