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Insect Collecting...

When first mentioned, most think of butterfly collecting, but there is so much more to it to enjoy !


Insect collecting, or more officially & scientifically speaking... 'Entomology', encompasses all insects, of which there are some 900 thousand different species already identified, with about 10% of them (90,000+) living here in the United States and more than 700 of them are butterflies.

Butterflies of course are everyone's favorite, well almost everyone's!

They are part of a 'Class' of insects called Lepidoptera, derived from the Greek words 'lepido' meaning scale and 'ptera' meaning wings, put together, Lepidoptera is used to describe 'scaly winged' insects, as the wings of many of the adult insects in this class, have wings covered in scales.

Have you ever touched a butterfly's wing and gotten what might be described as powder on your fingers? Actually if you would view that powder under a microscope, you would see that it's not powder at all but that you have thousands of tiny scales on your finger.

Pronounced Lep-i-dop-tera, which some have told us reminds them of a dinosaur name, and in fact, these scaly winged Lepidoptera actually do date all the way back to the Triassic period, about 230 million years ago.

 


Our goal isn't to provide you with a detailed study of these insects,

but rather to, so to speak... wet your whistle...
you know get you started... open your eyes... wake you up...

and get you introduced to the fascinating hobby of insect collecting so you don't miss out on some of the magic in this world.

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