Bi9790 Advanced entomology

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2011
Extent and Intensity
4/0. 4 credit(s) (fasci plus compl plus > 4). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Igor Malenovský, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. RNDr. Jaromír Vaňhara, CSc. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Jaromír Vaňhara, CSc.
Department of Botany and Zoology - Biology Section - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Jaromír Vaňhara, CSc.
Tue 9:00–12:50 VS
It is recommended to have passed the courses Bi6760 Základy entomologie and Bi8780 Systém a fylogeneze hmyzu
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course aims at extending the lectures on the basic general entomology and insect systematics by a more detailed focus on selected topics in morphology and ecology of insects which will be discussed (not only) from an evolutionary perspective. At the end of the course students should be able to explain possible reasons for the diversity of insects, understand the evolutionary success of this group of invertebrates and set the acquired knowledge into a wider context.
  • Fossil insects and evolution. The origins of insects, extinct orders, origins of extant orders. Methods of palaeoentomology, use of fossil record for the reconstruction of phylogenesis, palaeoecology, case studies.
  • Morphology of insects and evolution. Different approaches to homology of some insect organs. Insect limbs, wing, ground plans, conflicting hypotheses.
  • Insect embryology and development from an evolutionary perspective.
  • Physiological adaptations of insects to extremes of the environment. Overwintering of insects.
  • Insect and plants. Herbivory, xylophagy, transitional cases, galls, mines, trophic specialization, estimates of numbers of insect species on the Earth. Insects and fungi.
  • Predation and parasitism in insects.
  • Symbionts and parasites of insects. Symbiotic bacteria, wolbachia, microsporidia, protozoans, entomopathogenic fungi, nematodes.
  • Social insects. Transitions to sociality, insect societies, insect „cuckoos“.
  • Insect behaviour. Forms of communication, bioacoustics, bioluminescence. Mimicry, aposematism and aggregations.
  • The importance of chemical substances to communication and defense of insects.
    recommended literature
  • GULLAN, P. J. and P. S. CRANSTON. The insects : an outline of entomology. Illustrated by Karina Hansen McInnes. 4th ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. xvi, 565. ISBN 9781444330366. info
  • GRIMALDI, David A. and Michael S. ENGEL. Evolution of the insects. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. xv, 755. ISBN 0521821495. info
  • Encyclopedia of insects. Edited by Vincent H. Resh - Ring T. Cardé. Amsterdam: Academic press, 2003. xxviii, 12. ISBN 0125869908. info
    not specified
  • Encyclopedia of entomology. Edited by John L. Capinera. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2004. xli, 815. ISBN 0792386701. info
  • HEMING, B. S. Insect development and evolution. Ithaca, N.Y.: Comstock Pub. Associates, 2003. xv, 444. ISBN 0801439337. info
Teaching methods
lectures, class discussion, excerptions of literature
Assessment methods
oral exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2011 - acreditation, Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2015, autumn 2017, Autumn 2019.
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