oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The taxonomist and his needs



It may at times be felt that entomology is a most unsatisfactory science; there are altogether too many insects. Immediate qualification is needed; conditions are probably neither better nor worse than in zoology generally, or in botany, or in biological sciences generally. Comparison with such sciences as astronomy and geology may not convey very much that is worth while. All the same, if one wants an interesting and absorbing occupation, either as a profession or as a hobby or both as is the habit of some unfortunates, the study of insects, their lives, habits and classification, is one of the best. The amount of satisfaction obtained from such a study will depend partly on the nature of the subject, but mostly perhaps on the personality of the worker and on his temperament and outlook.


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