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101 Ways Insects Benefit Life

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Insects are the most diverse and abundant animals on Earth. They are often under-appreciated and outright disliked. Presenting 101 ways that insects benefit individuals is just the tip of the iceberg in the relationships between entomology (the study of insects) and society. It is important for students to understand the vital roles these charismatic organisms play in the environment, the economy, and their own life. This course will focus on the economic effects, environmental importance, discoveries in scientific and medical research, art appreciation, and nutritional value of insects. Students can expect to handle insects, conduct small experiments, and try their skills at ecological art or unconventional cuisine.