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Entomology is the study of insects and their relationship to humans, the environment, and other organisms. It is a branch of Zoology. Currently, about 1.6 million animals including insects are known to science of which over one million species are insects. From this, we can say insects are the most abundant and successful organism on earth. Entomology is an ancient science, dating back to the establishment of biology as a formal field of study by Aristotle (384-322 BC). There are even earlier references to the use of insects in daily life such as the growing of silkworms that began 4700 BC in China, which was an important part of peasant life in China, as early as 4000 BC. Individuals who study/work on Entomology are called Entomologist. Entomologists make great contributions to such diverse fields as agriculture, chemistry, biology, human/animal health, molecular science, criminology, and forensics. The study of insects serves as the basis for developments in biological and chemical pest control, food and fiber production and storage, pharmaceuticals epidemiology, biological diversity, and a variety of other fields of science. Professional entomologists contribute to the betterment of humankind by detecting the role of insects in the spread of disease and discovering ways of protecting food and fiber crops, and livestock from being damaged. They study the way beneficial insects contribute to the wellbeing of humans, animals, and plants. Amateur entomologists are interested in insects because of the beauty and diversity of these creatures. To date, Entomology is among the popular filed of science which can be witnessed with a high quality and big numbers of Entomologists across the world. Entomologist work individually and in a group. The group work is mainly by establishing professional Society.
More than a hundred years ago, entomologists formed a society, the Entomological Society of America (ESA), to promote the science and study of entomology in the United States. To date, almost there is no country without Entomological Society. In some countries like Great Britain, Professional societies exist at Insect order level such as Lepidopteran Society, Orthopteran Society, etc. Entomological Society of Ethiopia (ESE) Established in 2020 for fostering Entomological Sciences in Ethiopia and beyond. Currently, the Society has 150 registered members. New members can join the society at any time. Annual membership fee is 300 birr. The First Annual meeting will be held on 20-21 May 2021 at the College of Natural and Computational Sciences (CNCS), Addis Ababa University. CNCS is also housing ESE.