Anyone keep an entomological diary documenting their captures. Anyone since they started in boyhood? I have notes of my first captures of butterflies and moths long before I had heard of a MV trap. Seems to have been exciting then as each new discovery was found.
When I was still living in the UK in the late 1970s and 1980 I used to keep notes of my trips to SE Asia, sort of diaries but just little note books rather than real diaries. I still have them, but decyphering my handwriting is a problem, even for me.
I guess you have to define "diary". When I'm in the field on a "collecting project" - yes I keep rudimentary notes of where I was, habitat types, and record sight records such that I don't have to catch every darn bug. Do I record my innermost thoughts or ponder the meaning life? Not so much. If I really enjoyed a particular cigar in the evening - it probably was noted (the meaning of life after all).
I try and capture enough information that I can return to the notes later to capture data for sight records for common species, recall habitat types and general conditions, and so on. I have about 15 Belize notebooks in all, and a scattering of others from C.A. trips over the years.
I believe few entomologists do, but how valuable would they be for the future, especially notes like habitats, date of appearance. The longest running entomological diary was J.C. Dale 1808 until 1872, the year he died, its a treasure, if only the others did, especially as many placed no data on their specimens.