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 SNOW DAY
Feb.2 M Morphol. & Physiol.: quick dash Handouts ---
Feb. 4 W Pathogens; Blattaria, Coleoptera Ch. 15 Morphology & Mouthparts
Feb. 9 M Hemiptera Ch. 13, 14 ---
Feb. 11 W Mites Ch. 18, 19, 20 Blattaria, Coleoptra, Hemiptera
Feb. 16 M Mites (cont.) same ---
Feb. 18 W Ticks Ch. 16, 17 Mites QUIZ 1, INSECT NEWS
Feb. 23 M Ticks (cont.) same ---
Feb. 25 W Ticks same Ticks
Mar. 2 M SNOW DAY Mallophaga Ch. 12 ---
Mar. 4 W Anoplura Ch. 12, 1-3 Mallophaga & Anoplura NOTEBOOK CHECK I
March 8-14 SPRING BREAK --- ---
Mar. 16 M Holometabola (introd.) Handouts, Ch. 1-3 ---
Mar. 18 W MIDTERM --- Diptera (introd.), Psychodidae, Ceratopogonidae, Culicidae
Mar. 23 M Diptera (introd.), Culicidae Handouts, Ch. 1-3 ---
Mar. 25 W Culicidae (cont.) same Culicidae (cont.) QUIZ 2
Mar. 30 M Culicidae (cont.) same ---
Apr. 1 W Culicidae (cont.), mostly malaria same Culicidae of CT
Apr. 6 M More nematocerans (cont.) Ch. 4, 5, 6, 7 ---
Apr. 8 W Still more nematocerans, Tabanidae Ch. 8, 9, 10 Brachycera & Cyclorrhapha, QUIZ 3; INSECT NEWS due
Apr. 13 M Cyclorrhapha Ch. 8, 9, 10, 11 ---
Apr. 15 W Cyclorrhapha (cont.) same Cyclorrhapha (immatures & adults)
Apr. 20 M Cyclorrhapha (concl.) Ch. 11 ---
Apr. 22 W Dr. Andreadis, guest lecturer Handouts Medical Entomology Jeopardy; Siphonaptera & Venomous arthropods
Apr. 27 M Venomous arthropods, forensic & surgical entomology Handouts ---
Apr. 29 W Catch-up, miscellany --- LAB FINAL; NOTEBOOK CHECK II



4/22, Lab 12
12-12:30 we'll meet at the Biological Collections for a tour
12:30-1 Medical Entomology Jeopardy
1- 2 Siphonaptera & Venomous Arthropods

Entomology Terms, there is a helpful glossary at



I. Classifications

A. accidental—eggs accidentally eaten; larvae hatch and may develop in gut
-housefly, Drosophila (common fruit fly), various others
-quite common in humans, others; usually no problems
B. facultative—maggots also can develop in carrion, sometimes in feces, or in wounds
--three kinds
1. primary—female causes the wound, or is attracted to very small wounds (slight cut, etc.); can also use carrion, feces
2. secondary—once entry established by something else (something else causes a cut), eggs laid
3. tertiary—only at late stages, when vertebrate host nearly dead
C. obligatory—maggots must develop in living host three kinds, as above

II. Where in host
A. dermal or subdermal
B. enteric (in gut)
C. nasopharyngeal (in nose, sinuses)
D. and so on.