Field Entomology 2014

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EEB 4252 - Field Entomology

Summer Session II 2014

Day,Time: MWF, 9am-12pm
Dates: July 7 - August 8
Place: Storrs campus, Torrey Life Sciences Room 313
Credits: 3 (open to majors and non-majors)
Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Wade
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 323
Email: elizabeth.wade@uconn.edu




Contents

Course Description

This class covers the diversity of collecting methods necessary to assess insect biodiversity. Students will spend extensive time in the field collecting insects and observing their ecology and behavior. Identification and taxonomy of insects, in addition to insect collection curation is emphasized.

Course Procedures and Policies

Academic Integrity:
Plagiarism and cheating are violations of the student conduct code, and may be punished by failure in the course or, in severe cases, dismissal from the University. For more information, see Appendix A of the Student Conduct Code.
Disabilities:
If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, you should contact a course instructor and the Center for Students with Disabilities (Wilbur Cross Building, Room 201) within the first two weeks of the semester.
Attendance:
This summer session is only 5 weeks long. As a result, you are expected to be in attendance for every lecture and field trip scheduled during class time. In the case of illness or an emergency you are expected to contact the Professor before missing classes.

Course Materials

Required:
1- Peterson Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico. by Donald J. Borror and Richard E. White
2- Field notebook, it should be bound such as a composition book or the "Write in the Rain" notebooks

Recommended:

  • Boots
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Water bottle
  • Long pants


Full Syllabus: :Pdficon small.gif
Field Notebook Instructions:Pdficon small.gif
Collection Instructions:Pdficon small.gif
Course Blogging Instructions: :Pdficon small.gif

Presevation and Labelling:Pdficon small.gif
Collection Methods- REVISED:Pdficon small.gifEEB 4252 Collection Instructions_REVISED_28July14.pdf

Label Template: Pdficon small.gif Labels
Download this word document to your computer, fill in however many labels you need. Fill in columns first before going to the next row. When you have labels to be printed email this to Beth.

Aquatic Macro invertebrates Exercise:
Pdficon small.gifAquatic Datasheet Class data.pdf
Pdficon small.gifAquatic Lab Handout_Class Data 25July14.pdf



Syllabus

Lecture Topics are unlikely to change, however Field Trips are weather dependent. The online syllabus will be updated as needed.

Date Lecture Topic Field Trip Assignments Readings/ Handouts
July 7 Introduction, collecting and curation methods
Greenhouse :Pdficon small.gifBorror and White 1970 p.4-22
July 9 External and internal anatomy
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Roach Dissection
July 11 Overview of Orders
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Fenton River Bring soil/leaf litter from your yard Pdficon small.gifDay 3 Overview of Orders Handout
July 14 Entognatha, Aptergota, Paleoptera
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Sorting and curation in lab Quiz 1 Pdficon small.gifDay4_Entognatha_Apterygota_Paleoptera.pdf
July 16 Orthopteroidea
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Fenton River- Aquatics- changed to Swan Lake Aquatics :Pdficon small.gifDay5_Orthopteroidea.pdf
July 18 Hemipteroidea I
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Fenton River Aquatics Field Notebook Check-In Pdficon small.gifDay6_Hemipteroidea_I.pdf
July 21 Hemipteroidea II
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Mansfield Hollow Park Quiz 2 Pdficon small.gifDay7_Hemipteroidea_II.pdf
July 23 No Lecture
Leaving from in front of TLS AT 9:00 AM
Cicada nymph digging Pdficon small.gifLab Exercise- Investigating the Biology of Periodical Cicadas
We will be doing Sections 1 and 2
July 25 Neuropterida, Strepsiptera
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TLS inside and outside Collection Check-In Pdficon small.gifDay9_Neuropterida_Strepsiptera.pdf
July 28 Coleoptera
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Open Lab Quiz 3 :Pdficon small.gifDay10_Coleoptera.pdf
July 30 No Lecture
Eagleville Dam Preserve
August 1 Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera
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Swan Lake, TLS, Open lab Pdficon small.gifDay12_Mecoptera_Siphonoptera_Diptera.pdf
August 4 No Lecture
Merrow Meadow Park Quiz 4
August 6 Trichoptera, Lepidoptera
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Hymenoptera
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Open Lab Field Notebook Due

Pdficon small.gifDay13_Trichoptera_Lepidoptera.pdf
Pdficon small.gifDay14_Hymenoptera.pdf

August 8 No Lecture
Open Lab Quiz 5 Collection Due by 4pm



Additional Collecting Opportunities

Date Time Place
July 10 7:30pm Keney Park, Hartford- BioBlitz
July 18 8:30pm Mansfield Hollow
July 21 8:30pm Fenton River
July 30 8:00pm Mansfield Hollow- Below Dam



Grading

Quizzes (5) 25% 50 pts each/ total 250 pts
Field Notebook 10% 100 pts
Blog Posts (5) 5% 10 pts each/ total 50 pts
Collection 60% 600 pts
Total 100% 1000 pts


Web Resources

BugGuide

Cicada nymph digging

DEEP Rapid Assessment

Virtual Roach

BioQuip

Personal tools