Collecting methods and identification of parasitic wasps, with special emphasis on Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera)

Description of project
Parasitic wasps are one of the most diverse groups of insects. They are of tremendous importance in regulating insect populations and are increasingly used in biological control worldwide. Chalcidoidea is the second largest superfamily of parasitic wasps after Ichneumonoidea, with over 3,000 genera and 22,000 species already described. Their diversity is still very poorly known (up to 500,000 species may exist) and their identification often proves difficult even for the expert. The proposed training aims to introduce the students into the fascinating world of chalcids, provide information about specific and appropriate methods of collecting and mounting, as well as present and explain the most important morphological characters used for their identification.

Malaise trap                                                                                   Apsilocera maculata Mitroiu & van Achterberg

Duration of training
1 week (5 days from Monday to Friday)

Training period
Dates to be discussed with training provider

Target Audience
Graduate students, curators, researchers, foresters, etc.

Number of participants
Minimum 5, maximum 10 trainees.

Practical experiences
Collecting material in the field using various techniques: entomological nets, Malaise traps, yellow pan traps, etc; Sorting and adequately mounting the collected material; Identification of the selected material using appropriate keys (all parasitic wasps to superfamily level, Chalcidoidea to family level).

Brief presentation of the parasitic wasp groups, with emphasis on diagnosis characters.

Training venue
Faculty of Biology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Bd. Carol I 22, 700506 Iasi, Romania (
Collecting trips around Iasi city will be organized.

Course language

Name of training provider
Dr. Mircea-Dan Mitroiu

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, Faculty of Biology, Bd. Carol I 22, 700506 Iasi, Romania

Course organiser
Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST)

Registration fee
€ 300 (Euros)
Participants are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.

Deadline for registration: 1 March 2017.
Click here for the registration form. Registration closed.

Payment details and deadline will be provided upon acceptance to the training.

ForBio Funding

ForBio travel grants are available. These grants enable ForBio members to visit another research institute and to be trained by taxonomic experts.
For more information and application procedure click here.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith