Saturday, February 24, 2018

Yajaira Lopez-Villa

          ¡Hola Hola! My name is Yajaira López-Villa. I call home a little town by the name of Crete, that is about 30mins from Lincoln. This is my fourth year at the university. Hopefully, I graduate in December 2018 and attend graduate school! I am a Spanish and Latin American Studies double major, with an Ethnic Studies minor. My passion is creating awareness and educating those around me. I love working with first-generation, minority, low-income students, as I am one of those students. For that reason, I want to pursue a master’s degree in Multicultural Student Affairs and help individuals stay in college and find their home away from home.

          Honestly, I was very intimidated by taking this course. I am very afraid of insects! I will cry if there is anything with more than 4 legs, zero eyes or more than two eyes on me or near me. I really don’t know why I am such a baby when it comes to insects, even butterflies’ kind of bothers me. This course, even though online has helped me understand more about insects and I could say that I am a little more tolerant. Not going to lie, even though we watched over a hissing cockroach for a few weeks and I learned about their importance I don’t think I will ever be okay with having cockroaches around. Granted, it does feel nice to say fun facts about insect when I come across them and my friends are around!

Friday, February 23, 2018

      Hi everyone, my name is Emily Robinson! I am a freshman and majoring in Elementary Education! Ever since I was little I have always loved being outdoors. Back then I had my own insect kit that came with a net, microscope and an insect cage and I would go outside and collect my own insects. I would make a nice place for them with grass, leaves, sticks and watch them under my microscope until I released them back outside. Still today I think insects are very interesting to observe and important to learn about.

      Before taking this class I never knew how many different kinds of insects there were! It's so interesting to me to see how they are all categorized and how a certain insect order can have so many families that go along with that order. Not only that, but all the different ways you can distinguish between insects. For example the butterflies, I have always been interested in butterflies but I never knew that there are characteristics that can help you distinguish between the different butterfly families. For instance, my favorite is Pieridae because they have a beautiful white or orange color with tiny little black dots on their wings. Now whenever I see a butterfly I will be trying to guess what family it belongs to! This class has really opened my eyes to how many insects we have and their importance. I have already learned so much that I never knew before and I cannot wait to keep learning more!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Hello! My name is Abbie Epperson. I am a senior from Texas who is majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice. My plans after college are to attend Law School to become an attorney in criminal law. The fact that I am taking an Entomology class is actually pretty random. I have had numerous peers of mine recommend this class to me, so I decided to enroll solely based on their recommendations. I actually never thought that I would finish out my last semester of undergrad studying insects. However, I will admit that I have actually enjoyed it. Also, never thought I would say that. This will be the one class that I will look back on 30 years from now and think, "yup, that was pretty random... but, now I know so many fun-facts that most people do not!"

This might sound whack, but I think the reason I enjoy it so much is the challenge that comes along with spelling out the crazy words. I have always loved participating in "Spelling-Bee" contests, or  anything that involves memorization, and in our Entomology LAB we are deducted points for the words that we misspell. If you were to ask me to pronounce any of these words... that would be tough, but so far I think I've got the spelling down!

I have always been a huge baby when it comes to insects- still sort of am. Although, the more we continue to learn about each of them, they are starting to become less intimidating. There are more insects out there that do not bite, than I thought :) So, that's a relief. I am looking forward to the next couple months of this class, and excited to put our final collections together!

Friday, December 1, 2017

    You know those annoying insects that always seem to be flying and buzzing around you, or even those that just seem to show up when you least want them? Well little did you know, they serve a much larger purpose than we originally thought! 

     I am Emily Cumming, a student at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. I am a Forensic Science and Entomology dual major. I am from Saint Edward, a small town in Nebraska, where agriculture is all around me. I grew up on a farm just outside of town with my five other siblings. My dad would have my siblings and myself help with different chores on the farm, sometimes with livestock and other times out in the field with crops. I always enjoyed working with the livestock side of the chores, but being the out-of-the-box sibling that I was, I wanted to connect with livestock in agriculture in a different way. Little did I know, it would be both the livestock and crop related.

     As I grew up, I would attend the Nebraska State Fair with my family, looking at all of the farm equipment and different 4-H projects that were made. We always made sure to stop by the Nebraska Beekeeper’s Association booth in the Open Class building. I seemed to always go to the observation hives they had set up. Through my interest in the honeybees, I was able to apply for, and received, a scholarship through the Nebraska Beekeeper’s Association to start a hive of my own. I really enjoyed learning about the importance and role that honeybees play in agriculture and the world in general. Having this exposure to insects while I was still young, led me to discover my passion for insects. 

    When I graduated from high school, I had been a beekeeper for almost five years. Coming to the University, I was unsure of where I wanted to take my career. I ultimately decided on forensic science, but found that it was challenging, yet it did not hold my interest as I had hoped it would. I began to look at my different options. I discovered that I could pursue my passion for insects by taking up the entomology major. Then I found out that I could dual major and keep the classes I had already taken and build on them by adding in the entomology courses. I brought the things I enjoyed from both majors together and now I can learn about them both! I am in love with what I am learning and I can’t wait to share the knowledge with others!

    I am hoping to continue my education after I receive my bachelor’s and work towards my master’s in Entomology. From there I hope to start my career in the military as an entomologist. In the event that the entomologist position is unavailable, I hope to use my forensic science with the entomology by working in a lab. This would be to collect specimens from a crime scene or to analyze any evidence collected to help aid the investigation. I also plan to maintain my small entrepreneurial business of selling honey and honeybee products as well as helping members in my community with pollination by providing a hive for their orchards and gardens. Regardless of which path my career takes; I plan to keep my business going.  I am open to many options for my career, whether that is agriculturally related or not. I hope that no matter what I do, I can share my passion for insects with those around me.

    Don’t be afraid of an insect, because more often than not, the insect more afraid of you than you are of them. Learn a little bit about the role of those annoying insects and see just what they are doing to impact you.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hello All,

I am Kaitlin Stocking, and I am a senior Pre-med Biological Sciences major from Livermore, California.  I will be attending physician assistant school upon graduation next may.  I was interested in the course of Insect Ecology not only because it was a highly recommended class by other people who I knew took it, but I have a profound appreciation for the impact that insects actually have on our world.  I have always had sort of a passion for animals in general, stemming from having a passion for exploring the outdoors.  It is because of this Insect Ecology course that not only have I gained a further interest into learning about insects and how they interact with their surrounding environments, but from this class I have learned how important each individual insect is to our ecosystems.  In all honesty, there are still some insects that creep me out.  However, the benefits that they provide to all aspects of the world, outweigh any bad aspects that may be associated with them.  There is often a stigma associated with the Insect population on earth, being that they are just creepy organisms.  However, it is through many years of studies and research, that this is shown simply to not be true. I am truly excited to keep on learning about Insects, and hopefully I get to take another class that focuses on them in the near future.
- Kaitlin Stocking

Becoming A Beekeeper

Hi everyone! My name is Morgan and I am a senior Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication major with a focus on leadership and a minor in Insect Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I grew up in a small town about an hour away from Lincoln, NE. I never thought I would have an interest in agriculture until I chose, on a whim, to go to an FFA meeting my freshman year of high school.
I have lived in my small town my entire life and I really didn’t have much background in the agricultural industry. I first became involved in leadership event and public speaking events in FFA. My first speech I gave was on honeybees and colony collapse disorder. This speech sparked an interest in bees for me. By my sophomore year of high school, I had purchased two hives and began my own backyard beekeeping business. I was fascinated with the movement of the bees, their resilience, and their social organization. My beekeeping business became a family business and something we were all excited about! We quickly became the local beekeepers in my small town and whenever someone had a question about bees or had bees in a tree in their backyard, or wanted to buy some local honey, they came to my family.
I brought this passion for insects with me to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and I was excited to declare a minor in Insect Sciences. I have had the chance to not only expand my understanding of a variety of insects but also a growth in my appreciation of insects that aren’t black and yellow with honey producing powers.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hi Everyone! My name is Bridget, and I am a Biology major at UNL and will be attending pharmacy school next fall. I grew up on a farm in central Nebraska, so I have always been surrounded by agriculture. I have always had a passion for animals and the outdoors. As a kid, I would roam around our pastures with my siblings and search for bugs such as caterpillars, lightning bugs, or ladybugs. The Entomology class I am currently in has re-sparked my interest in bugs, especially how they interact with the environment. I really enjoy learning how their relationships with plants and other organisms affect the world as a whole. I think a lot of people overlook the major role that insects play in the ecosystem, so it is easy to think of them as annoyances. However, after learning so much more about them, I have come to appreciate their contribution to to the Earth. I am excited to keep learning more about them.