EEB 4251 Medical Entomology

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Medical Entomology EEB 4251 (W) Spring 2009


Carl Schaefer, TLS 377; 486-4455 (lab.), 423-9427 (home---emergencies or bribes only); e-mail Office hours: after lectures, or by appointment.

TA: Roberta Engel BioPharm 318; 486-6215 (office); e-mail Office hours: Wed. 2-3, or by appointment.

Grading: lecture: 200 points; lab: 100 points Lecture: midterm=70 points; final (cumulative)=130 points (equals 200 points) Laboratory: the laboratory work (100 points) may involve some quizzes, and other work

Note on reading: The text is the latest edition of Service’s “Medical Entomology.” The chapter listings on the schedule are from the first edition, and may differ in your schedule But I know you can work it out.

W students: I will give you a separate schedule for the W sessions. You most realize that your credit, based on your writing, will be 25% of your grade; but that you must pass the W to get any credit in the entire course. If you are a W students and fail the W, you’ll get an F in the course. This has never happened in the past, and before I retire it had better not happen in the future.


Jan. 21 W Introd to course & arthopods Handouts Survey of arthropods
Jan. 26 M Introd. to Insecta Handouts ---
Jan. 28 W Importance of Medical Entomology Handouts Morphology & Mouthparts
Feb.2 M Morphol. & Physiol.: quick dash Handouts ---
Feb. 4 W Pathogens; Blattaria, Coleoptera Ch. 15 Blattaria, Coleoptra, Hemiptera
Feb. 9 M Hemiptera Ch. 13, 14 ---
Feb. 11 W Mites Ch. 18, 19, 20 Mites
Feb. 16 M Mites (cont.) same ---
Feb. 18 W Ticks Ch. 16, 17 Ticks
Feb. 23 M Ticks (cont.) same ---
Feb. 25 W Ticks same Mallophaga & Anoplura
Mar. 2 M Mallophaga Ch. 12 ---
Mar. 4 W Anoplura Ch. 12, 1-3 Diptera (introd.), Psychodidae, Ceratopogonidae, Culicidae
March 8-14 SPRING BREAK --- ---
Mar. 16 M Holometabola (introd.) Handouts, Ch. 1-3 ---
Mar. 18 W MIDTERM --- Culicidae (cont.)
Mar. 23 M Diptera (introd.), Culicidae Handouts, Ch. 1-3 ---
Mar. 25 W Culicidae (cont.) same Tabanidae
Mar. 30 M Culicidae (cont.) same ---
Apr. 1 W Culicidae (cont.), mostly malaria same Cyclorrhapha (immatures)
Apr. 6 M More nematocerans (cont.) Ch. 4, 5, 6, 7 ---
Apr. 8 W Still more nematocerans, Tabanidae Ch. 8, 9, 10 Cyclorrhapha (adults)
Apr. 13 M Cyclorrhapha Ch. 8, 9, 10, 11 ---
Apr. 15 W Cyclorrhapha (cont.) same Siphonaptera
Apr. 20 M Cyclorrhapha (concl.) Ch. 11 ---
Apr. 22 W Siphonaptera Handouts Venomous arthropods
Apr. 27 M Venomous arthropods, forensic & surgical entomology Handouts ---
Apr. 29 W Catch-up, miscellany --- LAB FINAL



Lab 1: Reminder: You'll need a 3-ring binder for lab handouts, assignments, etc. Your Lab Notebook will be graded mid-semester (10 pts) and at the end of the semester (10 pts).

Lab 2: Before Lab 2, read the handout from lecture entitled "3, The Feeding Apparatus". Focus on the following sections: Importance of Mouth Parts, Classification of Mouth Parts, Hemipteran Type, and Dipteran type.

Entomology Terms, there is a helpful glossary at



Phylum Arthropoda (”jointed feet”)

Subphylum Trilobita (extinct, but often pretty)

Subphylum Chelinidea (2 tagmata [singular is tagma], cephlo-thorax and abdomen; uses chelicerae for feeding

Class Xiphosura (horseshoe crabs)

Class Eurypterida (extinct; dominant for 300M years)

Class Arachnida

*Order Araneae (spiders) **Order Acarina (mites, also includes ticks) *Order Scorpiones Order Phalangidae (daddy-long-legs) Order Pseudoscorpiones (small but impressive, as your TA will tell you)

Subphylum Mandibulata (2 or 3 tagmata, if 2 then head free; various bits of anatomy used for feeding, mostly by chewing or, secondarily, by sucking)

Class Crustacea (often good to eat)

Class Symphyla (small, maybe ancestor of the rest)

Class Diplopoda (second segment fused with first, so it appears to have two legs on each segment—millipedes)

Class Chilopoda (small poison jaws; centipedes)

Some call these three Classes collectively as the “Myriapoda”; poor

Class Insecta (or Hexapoda) (3 tagmata [head, thorax, abdomen, all separate], 6 legs)