Tobias Engl



Department for Zoology

University of Regensburg

93040 Regensburg


Phone: +49-941-943-3057



Current research

Female beewolfes hunt on honey-bee workers. They dig brood cells in sandy soils and provide the paralyzed honey-bees as provision for the growing larvae. The warm and moist condition in the brood cells would promote the growth of different molds. Beewolf females have evolved several mechanisms to prevent these mold infestations which compete for one thing with the larvae for food. For another thing they threaten them by producing toxins within the provisioned bees and infest the eggs or larvae themselves.

My interests lie in new non-described mechanisms to prevent the infestation of the brood cells and the treatment of the honey-bee prey with hydrocarbons and its potential as parental investment.

Curriculum vitae

  Born August 15th, 1980 in Regensburg


Undergraduate studies in biology at the University of Regensburg

2005 to date

Graduate studies in biology at the University of Regensburg with focus on Zoology, Botany and Cell Biology
2006-2008 MSc (Diplom) student in biology at the University of Regensburg (Master thesis: Inhibition of fungus growth in broodcells of the European Beewolf (Philanthus triangulum, Crabronidae, Hymenoptera) - Cuticular hydrocarbons as parental investment)

since 2008

PhD student in Erhard Strohm's lab at the University of Regensburg