Entomologist – who is it?

The entomologist is a specialist in insects, but also in other invertebrates (e.g. arachnids, molluscs). Because of the enormous variety of animals he deals with, he uses a great number of inventory techniques. These include direct observation and trapping (intravital), capturing in entomological nets and searching for larval stages. In addition, searches for host plants and sampling from the bottom of water bodies and much more. As can be seen, the work of an entomologist is certainly varied and interesting at the same time.

What kind of insects does an entomologist deal with?

Insects are the most numerous group of animals. In addition to terrestrial species, specialists also study those found in aquatic environments. In addition to common species such as butterflies, bees or ants. Due to the great diversity (there are more than one million documented and described species worldwide), the entomologist has a really broad knowledge of these specific creatures.

What does an entomologist do?

The result of an entomologist’s work is an inventory study of a given area. His work is indispensable in complex ecological surveys and during the implementation of environmental supervision. In the course of nature surveillance, the entomologist takes part, among other things, in relocating protected insect sites and preparing substitute habitats. Such measures are applied, for example, to the oak woodpecker, or more frequently, to ant nests (relocation of anthills).

What tools does an entomologist use?

It is essential to be equipped with an entomological net. The size should be adapted to the specifications of the activity to be performed. Another essential item in an entomologist’s work is a set of marking keys. These are specialized books containing guidelines for the determination of many, very similar and difficult to identify species. They contain specialized descriptions, photographs or drawings. They serve as a handy knowledge base for any specialist. The entomologist also relies on an entomological binocular when marking very small specimens that are difficult to see with the naked eye.