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Insects: Inventory and Identification

In this course, the diversity, the relations, and the evolution of insects are presented alongside insect morphology and terminology.

Students will apply molecular methods in entomology research, build determination keys, make inventories, collect and prepare specimens, and identify insects. The entire course will be held at Station Linné on the island of Öland.

  • Course structure

    The course is given at Station Linné on Öland.


    Dave Karlsson



  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    A schedule is made available on the Station Linné course site.

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Recommended course literature:

    Gullan, P.J. & Cranston, P.S. Insects: An outline of Entomology. Chapman & Hall. (Academic standard textbook, approx. 600 SEK or as a free (!) pdf which you will be given access to during the course.)


    Grimaldi, D. & Engel, M.S. Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press. (Big, beautiful and up-to-date book, contains far more than the present course is able to cover, but strongly recommended for anyone with an interest in insects. Out of print but might be available as used for approx. 1600 SEK.)

    Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops and there are a lot of online literature of various quality. Here is one very good link for order determination, but you can for sure find a lot of more alternatives:

    Entomology and Nematology Department, University of Florida

    There are of course also other highly recommended sites such as The Entomological Society of Canada and The Royal Entomological Society where you can find a lot of useful publications and links. Try to Google "Handbooks for the identification of British insects pdf" and you will get some very useful alternatives.

  • Course reports

  • More information

    Information about the course, such as practical information about accomodation and a schedule can be found at the Station Linné course site.

  • Contact

    Student office
    Study counsellor (advanced level)