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One thing bugs Dr. Steven Jensen'only a fraction of the insects in the world have been identified and named. Dr. Jensen is the head of the biology department at southwest Missouri state university. He says years ago, he used to search for new species of insects and actually found some but doesn't find much time to do that anymore.
But with many unidentified species of insects crawling, creeping and flying around the Ozarks, there's plenty to do if he decides to pick it up again. He explains why only 30 to 40 percent of the earth's insects have been identified.
Naming all the world's insects would do more than quenching the thirst for knowledge. Dr. Jensen says there are practical reasons for knowing what kinds of insects live in local areas. For example, he says knowing the biodiversity of insects can assist in monitoring changes in the environment.
It's not just scientists who can identify new species of insects'thebiology department at s-m-s routinely fields calls from members of the public who think they've found an unusual or weird-looking bug.
Dr. Jensen and other professors say it won't bug them if you call and ask for their expert opinion.