02621 - Entomology

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Sustainable cities Life on land

Academic Year 2021/2022

Course contents

Morphology, anatomy and physiology

Head: mouthparts, eyes, ocelli, antennae

Thorax: prothorax, mesothorax, metathorax, legs, wings

Abdomen and its appendages

Integument. Respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive, endocrine, excretory and reproductive systems

Life cycle and ecology

Postembryonic development, moult and metamorphosis. Apterygota, Exopterygota, Endopterygota

Feeding. Insects and plants. Insects and other animals. Insects and man.


Entognatha: Protura, Diplura, Collembola. Insecta: Archaeognatha, Zygentoma, Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Orthoptera, Phasmatodea, Embioptera, Plecoptera, Dermaptera, Mantodea, Blattodea, Isoptera, Psocoptera, Phthiraptera, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera, Hymenoptera, Coleoptera, Neuroptera, Trichoptera, Lepidoptera, Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera.


Main threats. Protection and management criteria. Examples of insect species of conservation interest.


Gullan P.J., Cranston P.S. (2005 or following editions) The Insects, an outline of entomology, Wiley-Blackwell.

Chinery M. (2012) Insects of Britain and Western Europe. A&C Black.

Teaching methods

Lectures, observations of live insects and preserved specimens, field trips.

Teaching and assessment methods can change if required by national health provisions.

Assessment methods

Written test (15 questions needing short answers) followed by an oral test based on a discussion of the written test and on the identification of insects (photos or specimens).

Teaching tools

PC, slide projector, preserved insects

Office hours

See the website of Silvia Ghesini