Art & Ecology Residencies and workshops -Umbria, Central Italy
PROGRAMME DATES for 2023 TO BE CONFIRMED
Group international Art & Ecology residencies.
Location and dates for 2023 programmes to be announced.
Introduction to insects: what is an insect, what does it look like, how does it work (development: complete and incomplete metamorphosis), what do insects do, where do they live.
Insect classification: principal families of insects and how they differ. Insect morphology: observation of insect shapes and structures.
Observation of insect specimens through microscope and alive insects. Looking at insect “artefacts” (galls, galleries into wood).
Insect ecology: interaction between insects & plants, interaction among insects (predation and parasitisation).
Observation of insects in the wild, walks/hikes: what to look for, observing insects and interpreting signs of insect activity.
Learning about collecting and preserving insects.
Setting a light trap for night observation.
Photo credit Riccardo Mattea
Ignazio is an entomologist interested in insects damaging forests and crops, invasive species in general, and forest ecology. Born in Bologna, he graduated in forestry at the University of Florence, and obtained a PhD in entomology from the University of Kentucky (USA).
He has worked in North America, Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. He seeks to understand the ecology of invasive insects and to use this knowledge to develop management strategies - including the use of natural enemies (biological control). He is interested in communication, to raise awareness about the life of insects, forest health and invasive species.