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Brittani Sanford

ghopper

Grasshopper classification is one of the many great joys of helping with the Radford University Natural History Collection. At first look it may seem like a daunting task to someone who has never worked with insects. However, it has proven to be a very beneficial experience. It definitely teaches patience because you are forced to pay close attention to minute details that don’t exactly stand out to those who know little about grasshoppers. The patience comes into play when you realize what you thought you’d classified properly actually does not live in this region of the country! After a while once you know what traits to pick up, the classification process becomes much more efficient and runs rather smoothly. This experience is a wonderful opportunity and I am so thankful that I am able to take part in it. The most important thing that I’ve learned from this is to be patient with myself because it is all a learning experience as is life.