Taxonomy of pollinators: Hoverflies (Diptera, Syrphidae) and wild bees (Hymenoptera, Apoidea)

1-5 July 2019
9:00-13:00 and 14:00-18:00

Course description
Practical exercises
• Sampling and preserving techniques
• Identification of specimens to genus and species level using dicotomous keys and entomological collections
• Management of entomological collections
• Hoverfly and bee rearing
• Application of Syrph the Net in environmental evaluation

• General information about Syrphidae
• General information about Apoidea
• Morphology of adult and larvae of Syrphidae
• Morphology of adult of Apoidea
• The use of bioindicators to evaluate habitat state for conservation
• Hoverflies as bioindicators with particular reference to the Syrph the Net method
• The role of Syrphidae as organic pest control
• The ecosystemic role of Apoidea

Participants will be required to perform a final test in order to assess their skills gained during the course.
Upon successful completion, participants will receive a "Certificate of Attendance".

Course language

Target audience
MSc students, PhD students as well as early career researchers. Highly-skilled amateur taxonomists may be considered.

Museum of Natural History, Ferrara
Via Filippo De Pisis 24
44100 Ferrara


Dr. Daniele Sommaggio - University of Padua
Dr. Marino Quaranta - Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economy Analysis
Dr. Carla Corazza - Museum of Natural History, Ferrara

This course is co-organised by the Museum of Natural History, Ferrara and the Council for Agricultural Research and Agricultural Economy Analysis.

Participant quota
Min. 4 people
Max. 10 people
**Course will be cancelled if the minimum of 4 participants is not reached.

Travel, accommodation, and meals are not included.


Application deadline
1 May 2019

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

The Associazione Naturalisti Ferraresi (ANF) is offering financial support and will cover the registration fee for 2 young researchers who study/work at the University of Ferrara or live in the province of Ferrara but study/work at other universities. If no people from Ferrara apply, the financial support will go to other participants. If you wish to apply for this funding, please indicate so in your motivation letter.

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