Field Entomology

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EEB 4252 - Field Entomology

Summer Session II 2011

Day/time: MoWeFr, 9am-12pm
Dates: July 11 - August 19
Place: Storrs campus, Torrey Life Sciences Room 313
Credits: 3 (open to majors and non-majors)
Instructor: Geert Goemans

Borror, DJ and RE White, 1970. Peterson field guide to insects: America north of Mexico. or
Eaton, ER and K Kaufman, 2007. Kaufman field guide to insects of North America


Insects are within the subphylum Hexapoda, which is characterized by three pairs of legs. Most other arthropods have more than three pairs of legs. Hexapods include three orders/classes of wingless arthropods (Collembola, Protura, Diplura), as well as the class insecta. Insects are extremely diverse and excel over all other animals both in abundance (+/- 1,000,000 spp.) and biomass ( > 50 %).

In this course you will learn how to recognize and identify most insects found in New England, but at least as important: an amazing world of small creatures will open up to you!

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.

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.


Date Topics covered Fieldtrip Associated readings
July 11 Introduction to entomology and keying out orders EEB garden
July 14 Morphology and preservation of insects + pinning and spreading Fenton river

Pdficon small.gifpages 4 - 37 of Borror & White + spreading Lepidoptera ; pinning ; point mounting ; collecting

July 15 Pdficon small.gifOverview of Insect orders green patch behind TLS
July 18 Quiz 1: Orders (until Hemiptera) + Morphology, preservation & pinning
Pdficon small.gifEntognathous hexapods and apterygote insects
July 20 Pdficon small.gifPaleoptera
Pdficon small.gifOrthopteroidea
Top of cemetery Storrs + surrounding forrest
July 22 Quiz 2: All orders + Entognatha, Apterygota, Paleoptera & Orthopteroidea
Fenton river: aquatic insects
July 25 Pdficon small.gifPlecoptera, Dermaptera, Psocodea and aquatic Hemiptera Optional: Light trap collecting
July 27 Pdficon small.gifHemiptera II Fungus Farming Beetles
July 29 Pdficon small.gifNeuropterida EEB collections facility + heating room TLS
August 1 Quiz 3: Plecoptera, Dermaptera, Thysanoptera, Psocodea, Hemiptera, Neuropterida & Strepsiptera
Pdficon small.gifColeoptera I
EEB garden Paussinae
August 3 Pdficon small.gifColeoptera II
Pdficon small.gifHandout Coleoptera II
Mansfield Hollow Dam
August 5 Quiz 4: Coleoptera
work on collections
August 8 Pdficon small.gifTrichoptera & Lepidoptera
Pdficon small.gifHandout
Install Malaise + pitfall trap at the Fenton River
+ work on collections
August 10 Quiz 5: Lepidoptera
Pdficon small.gifMecoptera, Siphonaptera & Diptera I
Check-in of collections and field notes
Check traps at the Fenton River
August 11 Open lab to work on collections
August 12 Pdficon small.gifDiptera II Check traps at the Fenton River
+ work on collections
Pdficon small.gifOlivia Judson (Dr. Tatiana)
August 15 Quiz 6: Diptera, Mecoptera & Siphonaptera
Pdficon small.gifHymenoptera
Pdficon small.gifOlivia Judson (Pseudoscorpion)
Pdficon small.gifOlivia Judson (Chapter I)
August 16 Open lab to work on collections + prepare for practical
August 17 Pdficon small.gifThings to be aware of for your collections, practical and presentation
August 18 Open lab to work on collections + prepare for practical
August 19 Practical
Student presentations + handing in of collections and field notes