Byline: Kari Allen Daily Herald Staff Writer
First graders at Ellsworth Elementary School already know what an entomologist is.
Kids who have visited Morton Arboretum have learned they could become forensic entomologists or scientific illustrators.
That's because area schools and other facilities are teaching kids a lot about insects.
Kids are catching and inspecting insects as they have done for years, but today's lessons go way beyond putting lightning bugs in a jar.
Area educators and scientists are teaching youngsters about the important role insects play in the environment and why people study them way beyond school.