Are you afraid of insects? Samuel Ramsey was terrified of them as a kid. Today, it’s his job to study these small creatures.
Ramsey goes by the nickname Dr. Sammy. He’s an entomologist. That’s a scientist who studies insects. He works at the United States Department of Agriculture. His current work focuses on bees. He wants to keep them healthy.
Some of Dr. Sammy’s work is done outdoors. Some is done in the lab. He uses a microscope . He looks at sick bees. He makes medicines to help them get better. “My job gives me the opportunity to do so many different things over the course of the day,” Dr. Sammy told TIME for Kids.
Learning a Lot
How did Dr. Sammy get past his fear of insects? He read about them. He says learning about insects can teach us about ourselves. In fact, insects are more similar to us than we might think.
“Crickets used to keep me up at night,” Dr. Sammy says. “I hated it.” Then he uncovered something interesting. Crickets don’t make noise to be annoying. They do it to tell other crickets that they’re lonely. Many insects are social creatures, just like we are. Dr. Sammy thinks entomology is an awesome field. But one thing stands out to him. “The field of entomology needs diversity,” Dr. Sammy says. He hopes kids of all races and backgrounds will grow up to become entomologists. “When you bring in diversity, you’re able to solve problems in new ways,” he says.