Study Group "Paleoentomology"

The idea of creating a working group for palaeoentomology was born in a small discussion group on the occasion of the Entomologists' Conference in Basel 1999. Thematically, the fossil insects of amber were the main focus. From then onwards, an Amber Workshop was held at the following entomologist conferences of the DGaaE: in Düsseldorf 2001, Halle 2003, Dresden 2005, Innsbruck 2007, Göttingen 2009 cancelled, Berlin 2011 and the 6th Amber Workshop in Göttingen 2013.

Initially, in addition to the lectures, interesting Baltic Amber Inclusions were exhibited and practical preparation and determination aids were provided. Today, the Amber Workshop focuses on lectures covering the broad spectrum of fossil insects from different amber deposits and geological periods. With always 30–40 participants present, 6–12 lectures were given in each of these workshops.

A fossil caddis fly (Trichoptera; Polycentropodidae) in amber. © Wilfried Wichard

The growing interest in palaeontology for palaeoentomology led to the appointment of Prof. Dr Jes Rust to Bonn for another paleoentomological meeting at the Steinmann Institute for Geology, Mineralogy and Palaeontology at the University of Bonn. The first Bonner meeting of palaeoentomologists took place in 2004 and in autumn 2012 the 8th meeting has meanwhile taken place. With an average of 15 lectures and also 30-40 participants, the annual Bonn Meeting is a successful supplement to the Amber Workshop of the DGaaE Entomologists' Meetings. The Bonn Palaeoentomologists Meeting goes beyond the amber research of the Amber Workshop and covers all aspects of fossil arthropod research.

A fossil stonefly (Plecoptera; Leuctridae) in amber. © Wilfried Wichard