Sexy entomologist has time of his life chasing creepy crawlies

2015-11-24 20:30 - Sam Smith
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Cape Town - This hot entomologist is showing the world exactly how a love for goggas allows you to travel to the most exciting places on earth.

In his pledge to get the world caring about insects and respecting the land we share with them, Phil Torres took to studying the life and many functions of insects all over the world. 

Bees, lizards, butterflies and the scariest looking spiders all manage to put a smile on his face and a lump in the throat of his thousands of Instagram followers. 

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"I have been into entomology and observing the natural world around me since I could first walk over and pick up a snake under a log or a bug in the trees in Colorado," Phil Torres told Tech Insider

From his grubby hobby, he realized he could travel to the most incredible places and discover a life he never could have imagined. 

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His love of bugs has even allowed him to address some of travel's serious issues, like the illegal import of wildlife and the preservation of endangered species. He once managed to get lost in a forest full of quicksand and has even discovered over forty new species in two different continents, says Tech Insider 

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