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    10 Reasons Why Entomology Is Pokémon IRL

    If you’re a fan of Pokémon, then chances are you’re obsessed with collecting every pocket monster you can. But did you know that Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri got his inspiration from insects? Here are 10 more reasons why entomology, the study of insects, is like playing Pokémon in real life:

    10.Pokémon and insects both go through metamorphosis

    9. Entomologists travel across the land, searching far and wide for new species

    8. Both use specific collecting methods to catch the right species

    7. Team Rocket weren’t the first to strap nets to aircrafts

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    Some savvy entomologists during 1940-1960 attached insect nets to aircraft to collect flying insects and spiders! They found that different species were collected at different altitudes.

    6. Different species come out at night

    5. Pokédex for insects exist

    4. You can send specimens to professors or museums for curation

    3. Human development can lead to habitat loss and potential extinction

    2. There are many new and exciting species waiting to be discovered

    1. We need your help to catch (and describe) ‘em all!

    It’s your turn to be the very best entomologist that no one ever was!

    Dr Bryan Lessard, aka Bry the Fly Guy, is a postdoctoral fellow at the CSIRO's Australian National Insect Collection in Canberra, Australia. His main research interest is flies (Diptera) and science outreach.