Field Entomology

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EEB 4252 - Field Entomology

Summer Session II 2012

Day,Time: MWF, 9am-12pm
Dates: July 9 - August 17
Place: Storrs campus, Torrey Life Sciences Room 313
Credits: 3 (open to majors and non-majors)
Instructor: Brigette Zacharczenko
Textbook:
Borror, DJ and RE White, 1970. Peterson Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico.

Introduction

You may think that humans rule the world, but it is really the insects! In this course you will learn techniques for collecting and identifying insects, as well as why everyone should pay more attention to our six legged friends. Assignments are designed to hone your observational skills and creativity.

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.

Syllabus and Course Materials

Full Syllabus: Pdficon small.gifSyllabus.pdf
Field Notebook Assignments:

Pdficon small.gifField_Notebook_Assignment_1.pdf
Pdficon small.gifField_Notebook_Assignment_2.pdf
Pdficon small.gifField_Notebook_Assignment_3.pdf
Pdficon small.gifField_Notebook_Assignment_4.pdf

Current Events: Pdficon small.gifCurrent_events.pdf
Live Insect Project: Pdficon small.gifLive_insect_project.pdf
Collection Instructions: Pdficon small.gifCollection_instructions.pdf
Course Flickr page: UConn Field Entomology 2012
Please add your name or initials to any photos you upload (in the description or tags).

Labeling

Pdficon small.gifLocalities with GPS coordinates, updated August 3rd
Pdficon small.gifLabel Template
Pdficon small.gifExcel spreadsheet for collection

Date Topics Quiz Field trip Readings
July 9 Introduction, collecting methods
Pdficon small.gifLecture 1
Cemetery field and woods
July 11 Overview of orders
Pdficon small.gifLecture 2
Fenton river Borror&White
Editor's note, Preface, pgs 1-22
July 13 Pinning and preservation
Pdficon small.gifLecture 3
Open lab for pinning Borror&White
pgs 23-46
July 16 Morphology and illustration
Pdficon small.gifLecture 4
Pdficon small.gifExternal Anatomy handout
#1: Orders, collecting, pinning Grass behind TLS Morphology links
Coleoptera
Lepidoptera
Hymenoptera
Hemiptera
July 18 Entognatha, Archaeognatha, Thysanura, Ephemeroptera, Odonata
Pdficon small.gifLecture 5
TLS inside and outside
Lab time to examine soil specimens
Odonata of Ecuador
July 20 Plecoptera, Dermaptera, Orthoptera, Psocoptera
Pdficon small.gifLecture 6
Rained out!
UConn Collections Facility
Electronic Field Guide to Aquatic Stream Insects
UConn Collections
July 23* Lepidoptera
Pdficon small.gifLecture 7
#2: Families through July 20, morphology and illustration Merrow Meadow Park
NATIONAL MOTH WEEK:
Night collecting trip
July 25* Trichoptera, Blattodea, Isoptera, Mantodea, Phasmatodea
Pdficon small.gifLecture 8
Fenton River
Aquatic trip
July 27* Hemiptera
Pdficon small.gifLecture 9
Lab day
July 30 Coleoptera
Pdficon small.gifLecture 10
#3: Families through July 27 Spring Manor Farm
August 1 Megaloptera, Neuroptera
Pdficon small.gifLecture 11
Collection check-in HEEP Trail
August 3 Hymenoptera
Pdficon small.gifLecture 12
Moss Sanctuary
August 6 Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera
Pdficon small.gifLecture 13
#4: Families through August 3 Merrow Meadow
August 8 Insects as pets TBD
August 10 Insects in culture Open lab
August 13 Insects as food #5: Families through August 10, fun lectures Insect Banquet
August 15 Open lab
August 17 Due: Collections, Field Notebook Lab Practical



' * ' = National Moth Week. Night-time collecting events will be organized throughout the week.

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