History Of Entomology

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History Of Entomology

Entomology (Entomon = Insect; Logos = Study) is the branch of science that deals with the study of insects.

word insect taken from insecare which means “to cut in to”.

Insects belong to the Phylum Arthropod, the main phylum of the Animal Kingdom Bugs emerged 350 million years agoneabundant quicker than people that arrived on earth simply one hundred fifty,000 years earlier. they’re sea-going initially and have become earthborn later. There is much variation in size, shape of the insects

  •  Insects  distributed everywhere from cooler parts to hottest tropics etc.
  • They live in water, land, air, deserts, high mountains, etc.
  •  They can be seen in the crop plants, gardens, libraries, museums, stores, etc.,

  •  In ancient scripts like Ramayana , Mahabharata, some of the terms used  related to insects. They are  Pipilika – Ant, Pathanga – grasshoppers, Madhumakshika – honey bees,  Umbakapalika – termite queen.
  •  The reference to insects was found in the Sanskrit dictionary, ‘Amarakosa’ and in books like Artha Sastra, Chanakya Sutra, etc.

  •  Aristotle made an investigation about flies, honey bees, ants, etc.

History Of Entomology

  •  1745- 1808: “J.C. Fabricius” made an extensive study of Indian insects for the first time and classified insects into 3 orders based on the type of mouthparts.
  •  1767-1779: “J.G. Koenig” initiated the first regular scientific work on Indian insects and supplied the insect specimens to systematists like Linnaeus, Fabricius, Cramer, and Dury.
  •  1782: “Dr. Kerr” published an account of Lac insects ¾ 1840: “Rev Hope” published a paper “Entomology of the Himalayas and India”
  •  1893: “Dr. Rothney” published the book ‘Indian ants’ (Earliest record of biological pest control in India ie white ants attack stationery items kept free by red ants.)

History Of Entomology

  •  1897: Sir Ronald Ross, an IMS officer, in charge of a Madras regiment stationed in Begumpet (Secunderabad) made the discovery of the malarial parasite in a dissected Anopheles mosquito

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