What is entomology?

Ag Zone, Science for Youth May 19, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Entomology is the study of insects, including related arthropods. Insects are involved with virtually every part of our lives; they are pests that eat our food, our houses, our animals, and are vectors that spread sickness and disease. But insects aren’t all bad! Many insects are beneficial pollinators, decomposers of dead materials, and useful in the biocontrol of unwanted pests. Entomologists study insects to help us manage pests, or learn how to better use them to our advantage.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.