Collecting insects brings friends and family together for this Entomology undergrad

Entomology undergraduate Andrew Jones shares his passion for insects with friends and family. Learn more about Jones and his time at MSU.

Andrew Jones

Name: Andrew Jones

Hometown: Holland, Michigan

Future study or career plans: Graduate school is the next step, and I have always wanted to work in research.

What is the best selling point about an entomology major that you would like others to know?

Entomology works with so many other sciences. Insects are so diverse, as we study them, we come across so many new perspectives as they interact with the world in their own way. My degree path has always given some unique and intriguing experiences.

What or who inspired your interest in entomology?

The insects themselves, their specialization to the environment is phenomenal. The ability to adapt to such a confined niche and still become a vital part of their ecosystem has always been fascinating to me.

What has been your best experience with entomology?

The best experiences I have are getting friends and family to help collect insects. They always get excited and become determined to catch “the one that got away.” I have also gotten a laugh or two when a praying mantis sneaks up on them when they are not expecting it.

What is your favorite activity or way to spend your time outside of your studies?

Most of the time, I am out disc golfing or biking. Of course, getting together in person or online with friends and playing videogames is always fun.

What is your favorite insect and why?

I have been intrigued with mantidflies for quite some time. They resemble a variety of insects all in one and are classified in the order Neuroptera with lacewings. They are also incredible predators.

What is your favorite thing about MSU?

MSU has a lot of different communities you can get involved with. I was able to experience new perspectives and figured out where I wanted to be and spend my time developing a community.

Do you have advice for anyone interested in an entomology major?

Get some hands-on experience, whether it be starting your own collection, helping others with collecting, getting a job at a lab or identifying everyday insects. Entomology is very interactive and the practice working with live insects helps.

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