The Institute of Entomology is a scientific institution of basic and applied research in areas, in which insects are either in focus of attention (insect pests, species useful for environment monitoring etc.) or serve as suitable models for the solution of general biological problems.

The Institute is located in the town of Ceské Budejovice, about 160 km south of Prague, the capital of the Czech Repuplic.

The more than ninety Institute's researchers and PhD students conduct research in a variety of fields, ranging from molecular biology to ecology.

The Institute publishes the European Journal of Entomology (EJE).

News & Events

Longhorn beetle Tmesisternus rafaelae

2. 4. 2014

Longhorn beetles in the compendium Handbook of Zoology

The four chapters summarize current knowledge of morphology, biology, distribution and classification of longhorn beetles on a worldwide basis.

Focus on


15. 5. 2014

The evolutionary origin of insect wings

Probably a missing transitional link between apterous silverfish (Zygentoma) and pterygote insects (Pterygota) found.

The Drosophila larval ring gland - large polyploid cells produce ecdysone (M.U.)

10. 4. 2014

The old steroid-deficiency gene encodes a new mRNA splicing factor

Publication in PLoS Genetics solves an old puzzle of the "ecdysoneless" mutant that has traditionally provided investigators with a steroid-deficient animal...

The milkweed leaf beetle Labidomera clivicollis when mating.

6. 2. 2014

Why 'sexual mind control' is rare in nature

The work published in Journal of Theoretical Biology provides an explanation.

Dytiscus marginalis

26. 8. 2013

Trophic interaction strengths driven by multiple traits in addition to predator and prey size

Publication in Journal of Animal Ecology shows that the inclusion of commonly available data on predator and prey traits, other than body size, could substantially...


Fibich P., Lepš J. (2011)

Do biodiversity indices behave as expected from traits of constituent species in simulated scenarios?

Ecological Modelling 222, 2049-2058

Fric Z., Hůla V. (2013)

Zizula hylax (Fabricius, 1775) new butterfly species for Socotra (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)

SHILAP Revista de Lepidopterologia 41, 571-575

Smýkal V., Bajgar A., Provazník J., Fexová S., Buřičová M., Takaki K., Hodková M., Jindra M., Doležel D. (2014)

Juvenile hormone signaling during reproduction and development of the linden bug, Pyrrhocoris apterus.

Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 45, 69-76


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Institute of Entomology
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22-spot ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata)

22-spot ladybird (Psyllobora vigintiduopunctata)