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Robert Otto, Contributing Editor
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Suring WI USA

I have been interested in entomology for over 26 years. I first started taking notice of the insect world when I was eight years old when my mother found a monarch caterpillar in the garden. As I witness the metamorphosis, it piqued my curiosity. I continued to explore that boyhood curiosity throughout college and beyond.

It was during my junior year in college I found the family Eucnemidae (False Click Beetles) very interesting, especially the immatures. Armed with the knowledge and determination to find one, little did I know after locating one, I would find an undescribed eucnemid larvae. A few years later I was able to co-author with Dr. Dan Young descrbing the immature eucnemid for publication. That discovery would later prove Dr. Muona's evolutionary theory of Eucnemidae. Ever since then, my boyhood curiosity took off and I still continue to collect and build a large collection of that family. When someone asked me, how much is your collection is worth; I told them it is priceless. My false click beetle collection is a representation of my curiosity of the insect world. You cannot put a price on curiosity.
"Perfectionism is the hardest job in the world. We strive to be perfect in every way, but instead; we humble ourselves in the imperfections that makes us human."