Bi0055 Field course in entomology

Faculty of Science
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 3 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Igor Malenovský, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
prof. RNDr. Michal Horsák, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Jan Sychra, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Petr Kment, Ph.D. (seminar tutor), Mgr. Igor Malenovský, Ph.D. (deputy)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Igor Malenovský, Ph.D.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: Mgr. Igor Malenovský, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 20 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/20, only registered: 4/20, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 4/20
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Students will learn about the taxonomy and ecological requirements of individual invertebrate, particularly insect taxa in the Czech fauna from demonstrations of each taxon alive directly in its natural habitat. Students will also acquire basic skills related to field surveys in entomology: they will use several sampling methods in the field and learn how to mount insects in the lab. The field course in entomology is complementary to the courses Bi6760 "Entomology" and Bi8780 "Insect systematics and phylogeny" which are based on lectures and lab practicals but not field work.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
- recognize individual insect orders and their common, as well as some rare species in the Czech fauna;
- concisely characterize natural conditions of the sites visited during field excursions;
- interpret the occurrence of insect taxa recorded in the field in the context of their biology and ecology;
- use some basic methods for sampling of insects in the field (eg., sweeping, sifting, sampling of aquatic habitats, targeted searching);
- mount insect specimens collected and set up an own insect collection.
  • The field course includes two to three days of field work at selected sites with species rich and characteristic insect fauna (usually various localites in South Moravia). During the excursions, general natural conditions of each locality are presented and the whole group of teachers and students surveys it for insects. Insects collected are partly identified and demonstrated to students directly in the field. Individual participants of the course are responsible for taking notes and compiling a list of selected taxa recorded at each site. Next one day is spent in the lab where students give a short oral presentation on species recorded and learn how to mount, preserve and identify insects.
  • HUDEC, Karel. Příroda České republiky : průvodce faunou. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2007. 439 s. ISBN 9788020015693. info
Teaching methods
field practice employing insect collection and demonstration in the field, work in the laboratory (insect mounting and identification)
Assessment methods
To pass the course, students have to be present at field excursions (2-3 days per semestr during week-ends) and the workshop in the lab (1 day) and to compile a list of taxa recorded during the excursions following the instructions of lecturers.
Language of instruction
Follow-Up Courses
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: in blocks.
Note related to how often the course is taught: 3 dny terénní exkurze + 1 den laboratorní cvičení.
Information on the extent and intensity of the course: 3+1D.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2008 - for the purpose of the accreditation, Spring 2011 - only for the accreditation, Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, spring 2012 - acreditation, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020.
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