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The start of my entomological journey

I have always been interested in entomology (the study of insects) from a young age.  I cannot pinpoint the exact event that spurred this on, but I seem to think that it was either watching a television programme or reading an article in National Geographic as a young boy.  I think I saw/read about an entomologist discovering a new insect in some far off remote uncharted jungle somewhere.  It’s the outdoor explorer image that stuck in my mind.

Years went by and then I ended up watching the film the Medicine Man.  The rugged character played by Sean Connery only re-enforced my deep-embedded image of a tough explorer-entomologist.  I was fascinated at the idea that two scientists had discovered the cure for cancer sourced from a rare kind of ant.

It was years after that when my family and I toured north-west Canada and USA on holiday in a motorhome.  Seeing and experiencing the RV way-of-life I dreamed that for my retirement I would travel around the world in a Class A (11 metre or 36 feet) motorhome examining insects and writing about them to pay my way.  It would be my mobile laboratory.

Since then (about two years ago) I did nothing, not one step towards my dream.  I nearly started after reading ‘Climbing Mount Improbable‘ by Richard Dawkins.  It was the ‘A Garden Enclosed’ chapter that I read, re-read and re-read again.  It was a truly fascinating story on the life of a fig wasp _ no really you must read it, I recommend it.

So now I have started, I have decided to travel down the entomological journey.  I know nothing so I will be starting from scratch.  I’m using this weblog for my notes and experiences and I will be happy for readers to help.