Immature Beetles Meeting

An informal meeting on taxonomy, morphology and ecology of immature beetles

2015 Meeting: Prague, October 1st-2nd, 2015
Basic information

When?    October 1-2, 2015

Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Charles University
                Vinièná 7, Praha 2, Czech Republic
                see the map


Click on the map below to download the map with locations of metro stations and locations of lunch place and evening pubs


Programme - lectures and posters
ORAL PRESENTATIONS (only presenting persons listed)
Thurdsay 1st October
9.00-9.10 Opening of the Immature Beetles Meeting
9.10-9.40 Robert Angus (UK)
Egg cocoons and larvae of Hydrochus Leach (Hydrophiloidea)
9.40-10.10 Stephanie Vaz Nogueira Campos (Brazil)
The intertidal larva of a new species of Micronaspis (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) from Northeastern Brazil
10.10-10.40 Martin Novák (Czech Republic)
Morphology and ecology of selected species of Lampyridae
10.40-11.00 Coffee break + poster session
11.00-11.30 Michele Leocádio Gaspar (Brazil)
Description of the larva of Paraselenis (s. str.) normalis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Mesomphaliini): morphological changes related to the maternal care
11.30-12.00 Larissa Oliveira Vilela (Brazil)
Diversity, vertical and horizontal distribution of white grubs (Coletoptera, Melolonthidae) in the soil of canefields of Mato Grosso do Sul State
12.00-12.30 Kateĝina Jùzová (Czech Republic)
How to prepare larvae for scanning electron microscope
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 Alexander Prokin (Russia)
On some Permian and Triassic larvae of Holometabola: Beetles or not?
14.30-15.00 Davide Scaccini (Italy)
Evaluation of head capsule width in Platycerus caprea (De Geer) and P. caraboides (Linnaeus) larvae (Coleoptera, Lucanidae)
15.00-15.30 Takahiro Yoshida (Japan)
Pupal morphology of the subfamily Brontinae Erichson (Cucujoidea: Silvanidae)
15.30-16.00 Coffee break + poster session
16.00-16.30 Emmanuel Arriaga Varela (Mexico/Czech Republic)
New discoveries on feeding habits and behavior of immature handsome fungus beetles, including potential cannibalism (Coccinelloidea: Endomychidae, Anamorphidae).
16.30-17.00 Frank E. Etzler (USA)
Utilizing larvae to understand holarctic concepts for Limonius sensu Candeze, 1860 (Elateridae)
17.00-17.30 Lech Karpiñski & Wojciech T. Szczepañski (Poland)
Cerambycid larvae collected during the entomological expedition to Mongolia 2015
18.00-night Larval pub I. - informal discussions over a glass (or glasses) of Czech beer

Friday 2nd October
9.30-10.00 Alexander Prokin (Russia)
About homology of Haliplus Latreille, 1802 larvae postanal process (Coleoptera, Haliplidae)
10.00-10.30 Larissa Oliveira Vilela (Brazil)
Biological aspects and root consumption of cane by larvae of Anoplosiagum macrophyllum (Coleoptera, Melolonthidae)
10.30-10.50 Coffee break + poster session
10.50-11.20 Pawel Jaloszynski & Aleksandra Kilian (Poland)
Larvae of Mastigini (Staphylinidae: Scydmaeninae): morphology and biology
11.20-11.50 Fernando Ávila Quieroz (Brazil)
First immature description of Hylotribus Jekel, 1860 (Coleoptera: Anthribidae) from Chile, with comments of genus distribution and phylogeny
11.50-12.20 Filip Trnka (Czech Republic)
Larval development of Eucoeliodes mirabilis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Ceutorhynchinae) with description of its larva
12.20-14.00 Lunch
14.00- Personal programme, sightseeing of Prague...
18.00- Larval pub II. - informal discussions over a glass (or glasses) of Czech beer


Davide Scaccini:
External morphology of Platycerus caprea (De Geer) and P. caraboides (Linnaeus) larvae (Coleoptera, Lucanidae): discrimination concordance and discordance

Kirill V. Makarov & Andrey V. Matalin:
Postabdomen morphogenesis in the stage of prepupa in carabids: the first results
(poster will be presented by A. Prokin).

List of participants

Robert Angus (United Kingdom)
Kouichi Arimoto (Japan)
Fernando Avila (Brazil)
Emmanuel Arriaga Varela (Mexico)
Adam Brunke (Canada/Austria)
Frank Etzler (USA)
Martin Fikacek (Czech Republic)
Michael Geiser (UK)
Rafal Gosik (Poland)
Pawel Jaloszynski (Poland)
Josef Jelinek (Czech Republic)
Katerina Juzova (Czech Republic)
Lech Karpiñski (Poland)
Aleksandra Kilian (Poland)
David Kral (Czech Republic)
Tomás Lackner (Slovakia/Germany)
Michele Leocádio Gaspar (Brazil)
Luiz Felipe Lima (Brazil)
Nathan Lord (USA)
Eugenio Nearns (USA)
Martin Novak (Czech Republic)
Larissa Oliveira Vilela (Brazil)
Michel Perreau (France)

Alexander Prokin (Russia)
Rafal Ruta (Poland)
Jan Ruzicka (Czech Republic)
Enrico Ruzzier (Italy)
Pavel Saska (Czech Republic)
Davide Scaccini (Italy)
Matthias Seidel (Germany)
Helena Shaverdo (Austria)
Petr Sipek (Czech Republic)
Jiri Skuhrovec (Czech Republic)
Ales Smetana (Canada)
Alexey Solodovnikov (Denmark)
Diego Souza (Brazil/Spain)
Petr Svacha (Czech Republic)
Jolanta Swietojanska (Poland)
Robert Stejskal (Czech Republic)
Wojciech Szczepañski (Poland)
Filip Trnka (Czech Republic)
Stephanie Vaz Nogueira Campos (Brazil)
Dominik Vondracek (Czech Republic)
Chengbin Wang (China/Czech Republic)
Takahiro Yoshida (Japan)


What is Immature Beetles Meeting?
What will be on?  Lectures and poster presentations, informal discussion, beer
(we are now working on booking of the pubs for evening talks etc., updated info will be posted here soon)

The Immature Beetles Meeting was first organized in 2006, and aimed as a meeting to facilitate the discussions of students working on beetle immature stages with more experienced colleagues. Since then, it is organized every second year, and became pretty international: 58 scientists from Europe, Asia, North America and South America  participated in 2013, for example. The aim is still the same, i.e. to enable the communication among people working on immature stages of different beetle group, and to get younger students and newbies in contact with more experienced colleagues, enthusiastic amateurs etc.

In case you wish to learn more about the past meetings, check the published abstracts

Organization: fees, free accomodation, inviting letters ...

Meeting fees: None
Light refreshments will be available during the day. Accomodation, travel costs and any food outside the meeting room will be covered by the attendants themselves. As usually, we will organize a common lunch on Thursday and Friday in a nearby restaurant (several kinds of
"mid-day menu" will be available for a price about 5-7 euro including one drink).

Invitation letter
We can send you the official inviting letter and/or provide the certificate confirming your attendance/presentation. Feel free to contact us in case you need such documents. 

Presentations, posters, abstracts

Oral presentations:

Presentations are the main core of the meeting, hence we are encouraging most participants to prepare a short presenation showing the results of your research, preliminary results of your student project, or simply any interesting finding or piece of information you would like to share and discuss with others.

Visitors without presentation are welcome as well, as they usually contribute largely to the discussions. Still, we will press all younger participants to take the active rather than passive role, at least until the programme of the meeting is filled in.

Length of presentation: 5-20 minutes + 5-10 minutes of discussion
We leave the decision of the length of the presentation on you - if you would like just to show a small interesting finding you did, go for shorter time, if you would like to present results of your larger project, feel free to use 20 minutes.



Presentation of posters is possible, and posters will be presented during coffee breaks. Please prepare your poster at ay size up to A0 in the "portrait" orientation.


Abstracts for both oral presentations and posters are required. Abstracts will be available to all participants during the meeting and will be subsequently published in Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae in October/November 2015.

How to prepare an abstract: Abstracts are supposed to be a short summary (ideally one or two paragraphs) summarizing the contents of your talk/poster. Figures are not expected to be part of the abstracts, in case you feel a need to include some, please discuss it with M. Fikáèek. See the abstracts of the last IBM meeting and follow the same formatting when preparing your abstract.


(click on the picture to download the PDF)

Other actions before/after Immature Beetles Meeting

For those who have to come from distant countries and from overseas, it may be of interest that several interesting meetings/actions take place immediately before/after Immature Beetles Meeting - hence, you may visit some of them as well when you will already stay in central Europe:

Visit collections of National Museum in Prague
The entomological collections of the National Museum in Prague were recently moved to a new building, and are hence much easier to work in than even before. They include several millions of beetle specimens, including many important collections and types. Feel free to contact us in case you would like to visit the collection before or after the Immature Beetles Meeting.
How far from Prague? Directly in Prague,
ca. 30 minutes by public transport from city centre.

7th Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny (September 25-27, 2015, Dresden, Germany)
International get-together focused on all aspects of insect phylogeny, always with many extremely interesting presentations given by leading experts in different reserach field (anatomy, systematics, molecules) and in different insect orders.
How far from Prague? Dresden is only 2 hours by train from Prague!!!

International Insect Exchange Day (October 3-4, 2015, Prague, Czech Republic)
International get-toget of entomologists - except of exchanging insects which was originally the main goal, you may now meet there many coleopterologists arriving from all over Europe (or even from overseas), Max Barclay routinelly brings and collects loans from London museum here, plus you may visit several pubs and discuss and drinks with them.
How far from Prague?
Directly in Prague, hence no need to travel at all!


Contact the organizers

Petr Sipek:
Martin Fikacek: mfikacek

Jiri Skuhrovec:

Please indicate your interest to participate at Martin Fikacek’s address ( Fell free to contact anybody of us for further information.


Department of Zoology
Faculty of Science
Charles University in Prague

Department of Entomology
National Museum

Crop Research Institute