Guest Lecturer from France Taught Ethno-Entomology to Agrotechnology Students

October 17, 2019 by : BHP UMY

In order to widen the students’ perceptions, the Agrotechnology Study Program of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY) invited a guest lecturer from the d’Histoire Naturelle Museum of France, Nicolas Cesard, Ph.D to the UMY Graduate Room on Tuesday (15/10). The guest lecture section titled “What’s Ethno-Entomology?” discusses local knowledge regarding natural and agricultural matters.

Nicolas Cesard, Ph.D explained that Ethno-Entomology is a field of study regarding the use of insects in every day life. “Ethno-entomology is a field of study about the connection between humans and their environment, including insects. The Ethno-Entomology approach also studies how humans interact with, think of, and use insects in their every day life,” He explained.

Nicolas also mentioned some examples of Ethno-Entomology in several countries including Indonesia. “Some people in Indonesia use antlions as an ingredient for traditional medicine to cure diabetes, stroke, asthma, gout, high blood pressure, itchy skin, and toothache. In the Karimun Jawa region, antlions are used for diabetes. In Glodok, Jakarta, it is ground into a capsule and taken twice a day. People in Bali use dragonflies as a source of food. They would hunt for dragonflies in the fields and saute or fry them,” He stated.

In addition, Nicolas mentioned Ethno-Entomology practices in other countries like Japan and Thailand. “In Thailand, the kids would play with beetles and eat ant larvae as a staple food. In Japan, ant larvae are used in bird breeding, while the Chinese would make ant bridges as a substitute for pesticides,” He clarified. (Sofia)