Entomology Meeting

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Insect Systematics, Morphology, Evolution & Biology
Course #: EEB 5895 Section 028
Date/time: Monday 12:20-1:15
Location: TLS 313
Contact: David Wagner, Tanner Matson
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Our entomology meetings are open to graduate students, undergraduate students, employees, alumni and friends who are interested in entomology.
Our labs (Wagner, Henry, Simon, and Garcia-Robledo) have a variety of foci hovering around Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, Hemiptera, Neuroptera, Coleoptera, Odonata, and Acari.
The main goals of these meetings are to:

  • Practice presenting papers and facilitating discussion on relevant topics in entomology
  • Brainstorm research ideas and present results
  • Tell biology-related jokes

Meetings typically begin with announcements about entomology related happenings, followed by a discussion of a paper, a practice talk, etc. Participants are encouraged to attend every lab meeting, read every paper, and come prepared with questions.

Entomology related show-and-tell is always welcome in the form of specimens (alive or dead), articles, books, or PowerPoint presentations.

All students taking this meeting for credit (and all others who wish to participate) should sign up to present a paper at least once per semester. If you would like to take this meeting for credit, email David Wagner to request a permission number. The schedule below lists our meeting dates.

Email Tanner Matson to reserve your date -or-
add yourself if you have EEBedia credentials

Keeping in Touch

All information about our meetings will be broadcast through our listerv: ENTOMEET-L. Here are some listserv tips:

To send an e-mail to the list:

-start a new email
-in the address line type "ENTOMEET-L@LISTSERV.UCONN.EDU"
-fill out the rest of the e-mail per usual and send

You should receive a confirmation e-mail saying that your message was sent, but you will not receive a copy of the e-mail that you sent.

To subscribe to the list:

-start a new email
-in the address line type "LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UCONN.EDU"
-in the body of the e-mail type "SUB ENTOMEET-L (Your name)" e.g. "SUB ENTOMEET-L Kevin Keegan"
-send the e-mail (whatever address you are sending it from will then be subscribed to ENTOMEET-L)

To unsubscribe to the list:

-start a new email
-in the address line type "LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UCONN.EDU"
-in the body of the e-mail type "UNSUB ENTOMEET-L"
-send the e-mail (whatever address you are sending it from will then be unsubscribed to ENTOMEET-L)

You should receive an automated reply telling you if your email was successful. It may take 5-10 minutes for you to receive the automated reply. Find more information on Listserv click here, and let Kevin know if you have any questions.

Recent Articles (Ripe for Discussion!)

Email Tanner Matson if you have any additions for the recent articles list, or add them yourself if you have EEBedia credentials.

Physical and behavioral adaptations to prevent overheating of the living wings of butterflies

Artificial intelligence reveals environmental constraints on colour diversity in insects

Genome editing retraces the evolution of toxin resistance in the monarch butterfly

Contemporary loss of migration in monarch butterflies

Dual evolutionary origin of insect wings supported by an investigation of the abdominal wing serial homologs in Tribolium

Global survey of mobile DNA horizontal transfer in arthropods reveals Lepidoptera as a prime hotspot

Agriculturally dominated landscapes reduce bee phylogenetic diversity and pollination services

Combined Toxicity of Insecticides and Fungicides Applied to California Almond Orchards to Honey Bee Larvae and Adults

Deaf moths employ acoustic Müllerian mimicry against bats using wingbeat-powered tymbals

Changing interactions among persistent species as the major driver of seasonal turnover in plant-caterpillar interactions.

Establishing arthropod community composition using metabarcoding: surprising inconsistencies between soil samples and preservative ethanol and homogenate from Malaise trap catches

Loss and gain of sexual reproduction in the same stick insect

How climate change affects the seasonal ecology of insect parasitoids

Grasshopper consumption by grey wolves and implications for ecosystems

Paper coming out of ornithological community about evolution of specialization

Morphology Speed Talk Ideas

Filters in GI tracts of insects: Why is the Cicada gut so long?


****Please send a PDF of the paper you're presenting to the listserv AT LEAST by the Friday before you are to present****

When adding a link to the schedule below please link to the DOI of the paper using http://dx.doi.org/ See the schedule for examples of how to do this and ask Kevin if you have any questions.

Presentation schedule Spring 2020

Date Name Paper and presentation Speed Talk
Jan 27 David Wagner Salcido, D.M., Forister, M.L., Garcia Lopez, H. et al. Loss of dominant caterpillar genera in a protected tropical forest. Sci Rep 10, 422 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-57226-9
Feb 3 Charlotte Rhodes Kjeldgaard, M.K., Takano, O.M., Bockoven, A.A. et al. Red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) aggression influences the behavior of three hard tick species. Exp Appl Acarol 79, 87–97 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10493-019-00419-8 Dr. Kirby Stafford III - Medically Important Ticks in Connecticut
Feb 10 Christian Connors Isono, K., Kuramitsu, K. & Kainoh, Y. Deterrent effects of intact plants on host-searching behavior of parasitoid wasps. Appl Entomol Zool (2020). Pdficon small.gif PDF Kevin Keegan - Florida Postdoc Meeting
Feb 17
Feb 24
Mar 2
Mar 9
Spring Break
Mar 23
Apr 05
Apr 12
Apr 19
Apr 26

Past Entomology Meeting Schedules

2019 Fall 2019 Spring 2018 Fall 2018 Spring

Wagner Lab Sensu Stricto

Sometimes the Wagner Lab gets together apart from Entomology Meeting to discuss moth matters of particular interest to us. Here's a record of what we discussed:

Date Paper