What is Entomology?

I knew Entomology is the study on insects, and after reading the Wikipedia article, ‘Entomology’ I realised the scope of insects and other animals to study, but what I have only just realised is the specialisations there are:

  • Apiology (or melittology) – bees
  • Coleopterology – beetles
  • Dipterology – flies
  • Heteropterology – true bugs
  • Lepidopterology – moths and butterflies
  • Myrmecology – ants
  • Orthopterology – grasshoppers, crickets, etc.
  • Trichopterology – caddis flies

That is just the order of insects, there are also sub-disciplines:

  • Forensic Entomology – the study of insects in legal investigations
  • Insect Pathology – the study of disease and its causative organisms in insects
  • Urban Entomology – the study of insects and mites that affect people and their property
  • Medical Entomology – the study of insects that impact human health
  • Veterinary Entomology – the study of insects that attack livestock
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One response to “What is Entomology?

  1. Don’t forget palaeoentomology: a dynamic but often overlooked branch of entomology concerned with the study of fossil insects and their bearing on insect evolution.

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