Applied Entomology

By Prof. B. Sannappa   |   Chairman, Department of Studies in Sericulture Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru
Learners enrolled: 1652
Applied entomology deals with the dual nature (useful and harmful) of insects as applied to mankind. It provides the detailed information on economically important insect orders, including their characteristic features. It also deals with metamorphosis in insects, the ways in which beneficial insects like silkworm, honey bees and lac insects can be best exploited for the human welfare. In addition, this area of entomology focuses on the exploitation of predators and parasitoids for the management of harmful insects and pollinators for the improvement of crop yields. It also consists of detailed account on management of harmful insects by adopting various methods.  

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• Presentation through Power Point slides, etc.
• Display of pictures / photos / short videos, etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Biological Sciences & Bioengineering
Credit Points : 4
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 09 Jan 2023
End Date : 15 May 2023
Enrollment Ends : 15 Mar 2023
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Course layout

Week – I - 1. Characteristic features of insects | 2. Metamorphosis in insects | 3. Salient features of insect orders | 
Week – II - 4. Lepidoptera | 5. Diptera | 6. Hymenoptera | 
Week – III - 7. Coleoptera | 8. Hemiptera | 9. Neuroptera | 
Week - IV - 10. Insect behavior | 11. Identification of a few insects using keys | 12. Beneficial insects | 
Week – V - 13. Silkworms | 14. Honeybee | 15. Lac insect | 
Week – VI - 16. Parasitoids |17. Predators and Pollinators |18. Insects as human food | 19. Insects as important laboratory tools | 
Week – VII - 20. Categories and types of pests | 21. Harmful insects | 22. Agricultural pests | 23. Veterinary insects and other pests | 
Week - VIII - 24. Rat flea | 25. Pests of public health importance | 26. Mosquito | 
Week – IX - 27. House fly | 28. Louse | 29. Bed bugs | 
Week - X - 30. Insect vectors | 31. Insect pest control | 32. Pesticides | 33. Integrated pest management | 
Week - XI - 34. Social insects | 35. Termites | 36. Wasps and ants |

Books and references

Reading material

Author & Year

Type of publication (article/notes)

Content Abstract

Number of pages

Applied Entomology. New Age International (P) Ltd. Publishers, New Delhi

Fenemore, P.G. and Alka Prakash (1992)

Text Book

Insect pest control


Entomology at a Glance. Agrotech Publishing House, Udaipur

Saxena, R.C. and Srivastava, R.C. (2003)

Text Book

Basics of entomology, beneficial insects, biological control of insect pests, etc.


Text Book of Applied Entomology. Vol. I. Kalyani Publishers, New Delhi

Srivastava, K.P. (2005)

Text Book

Methods of insect pest control


Text Book of Applied Entomology. Vol. II. Kalyani Publishers, New Delhi

Srivastava, K.P. (2004)

Text Book

Characteristic features of insects, Agricultural pests, Veterinary pests and Pests of public health importance, etc.


Study Material for Insect Ecology and Integrated Pest Management: Department of Agricultural Entomology, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Hyderabad

Raghavaiah, G. and Ramesh Babu, T. (2012)

Laboratory Manual: Course No. Ento. 231 (2+1).

Predators, Parasitoids, Beneficial insects, IPM, etc.


Instructor bio

Prof. B. Sannappa

Chairman, Department of Studies in Sericulture Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru
Prof. B. Sannappa, Chairman, Department of Studies in Sericulture Science, University of Mysore, Mysuru, obtained Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees with Distinction from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru. Passed NET in Agricultural Entomology and his fields of specialization include mulberry nutrition, silkworm rearing management and ericulture. Dr B. Sannappa has more than 15 years of teaching and 19 years of research experience.

Recipient of six awards, including Gold Medal for Ph.D. degree and Young Scientist Award for contribution to the field of Sericulture. Published more than 75 research papers in the journals of national and international repute, besides more than 30 research papers in proceedings, two technical bulletins, five books and four laboratory manuals. Served as one of the editors of four national seminar proceedings. Dr. Sannappa is also associated in the development of curricula for Undergraduate and Post Graduate courses in Sericulture. Produced five Ph.Ds. and currently four candidates have been working for their Ph.D. degree in Sericulture. Participated as a subject expert / script writer for 55 modules in the subject of Sericulture in Audio/Visual based lecture programmes in the multimedia production/e-content development under NME-ICT project of CEC-UGC through the Educational Multimedia Research Canter (EMRC), University of Mysore, Mysuru.

Course certificate

Assessment/Assignment marks will be considered for Internal Marks and will carry 30 percent for overall Result.

End Term Exam- will have 100 questions and will carry 70 percent of overall Result.

*All students, who obtain 40% marks in in-course assessment and 40% marks in end-term proctored exam separately, will be eligible for certificate and credit transfer.

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