DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
ENT 500 INSECT BIODIVERSITY (2L+IP) I
To introduce the students to the classification of insects up to the level of families with hands-on experience in identifying the families in insects.
Introduction to class Insecta and its position in phylum Arthropoda; history of insect classification; phylogeny, evolution and nomenclature; diversity of insect and mite fauna in various ecosystem; importance of biodiversity in relation to agriculture and environment.
Classification of insects up to orders and identification of agriculturally important families in major insect orders of agricultural importance.
Methods of collecting, preserving and studying insects and their immature stages. Visits to ZSI, NBAII, BNHS etc.
Study of Orders of insects and their identification using taxonomic keys. Keying out families of insects of different major Orders: Odonata, Orthoptera, Blattodea, Mantodea, Isoptera, Hemiptera, Thysanoptera, Phthiraptera, Neuroptera, Coleoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera. Field visits to collect insects of different orders.