Honeybee Apis mellifera
Picture “birth of a caterpillar” made by Marcel Giesbers from Wageningen Electron Microscopy Centre and Hans Smid from Laboratory of Entomology, showing the head of a first instar caterpillar of the Large White butterfly, just hatching from the egg
Picture “birth of a caterpillar” made by Marcel Giesbers from Wageningen Electron Microscopy Centre and Hans Smid from Laboratory of Entomology, showing the head of a first instar caterpillar of the Large White butterfly, just hatching from the egg

Our education

The laboratory of Entomology is involved in teaching to BSc, MSc, and PhD students. The BSc and MSc teaching relates mainly to the programmes of Biology and Plant Sciences, but also involves students in Animal Sciences, Biological Production Sciences, Molecular Sciences, Organic Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.

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Our research

The Laboratory of Entomology conducts fundamental and applied research. Fundamental scientific research concerns five topics:

  • Host plant selection by herbivorous insects and mites
  • Chemical communication between plants and carnivorous insects and mites
  • Foraging behaviour of predators and parasitoids
  • Population dynamics of parasitoids
  • Evolutionary ecology of asexual reproduction in insects

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