This course focuses on understanding the basic biology, identification, classification, conservation, and promotion of insect-plant pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies. In recent years, it has been demonstrated the devastating effects of excessive pesticide use, air pollution, and habitat loss over pollinator insects, the most critical ecosystem components for human survival. This course will cover the basic and applied principles of insect biology and provide
a practical overview of the most common bees and butterflies in the Neotropical conditions of Costa Rica. From a
practical point of view, we will learn how to start, maintain and use bee colonies and butterfly gardens. In contrast, we will learn their economic and cultural importance under sustainable development principles from the theoretical side.
This course will be based on field trips, talks, the study of multimedia, literature, visits, and practical contact with insects.
Therefore, this course is for any student interested in biology, sustainability, apiculture, anthropology, and entomology.