So just a google researcher then? It's hard to ID a lot of beetles and true bugs to more than family without picture keys, but online there are a lot of great pictures if you can know the general direction of where to look.
Now flies on the other hand are completely impossible to ID. If you want particular species, you have to, in some cases, literally try and count the hairs on their legs.
IDing both plants and insects is something I enjoy. I love taking a walk on our property with my little field guides. It also has you take a closer look at things, which often times leads me to those "oh cool!" moments.