Everyone asks "What got you into bugs?!" Normally, my first thought is "You mean insects? You see..." and then I'd ramble on about how all bugs are insects but not all insects are bugs. I've learned to simplify my response and say "At a young age I squished my sisters ladybg." Let me go into depth for those that REALLY want to know.
Back in the early 90's my mom, sister, and I resided in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. I vividly remember being on the sidewalk in front of our apartment building with a stick in my hand. Not just any stick, but a stick that held the key to my future. I can remember the feeling of kneeling down next to Erika, seeing her ladybug treasure and taking my stick and pressing it against the elytra (beetle wings). I felt the vibrations from the crunch travel through the stick and in that instance something clicked. That was really the beginning of the click. It was game over when I saw how cool it looked afterwards. It was so weird. It was love at first sight.
The popular question back then was "What do you wanna be when you grow up?" I loved that question too much because the answer was so easy, a Bug Scientist! I told everybody. My obsession was real.
You know that little girl who has thousands of cockroaches as pets? That was me, except I couldn't have pet roaches until "you get your own place", done and done. There's another little girl from Canada who says "girls can love bugs too", I've been saying that for decades now.
Peace, love, and insects.