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<span style="font-size: x-large">EEB 4250 - General Entomology</span><br><br>
 
<span style="font-size: x-large">EEB 4250 - General Entomology</span><br><br>
<span style="font-size: large">Fall 2012</span> <br><br>
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<span style="font-size: large">Fall 2019</span> <br><br>
<span style="font-size: small">'''Day/Time:''' Tuesday+Thursday 12:30-3:30<br>
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<span style="font-size: small">'''Day/Time:''' Tuesday+Thursday Lecture 12:30-1:20 Lab 1:30 3:30<br>
 
'''Place:''' Storrs campus, Torrey Life Sciences Room 313<br>
 
'''Place:''' Storrs campus, Torrey Life Sciences Room 313<br>
 
'''Credits:''' 4<br/>
 
'''Credits:''' 4<br/>
 
'''Instructor: [mailto:david.wagner@uconn.edu David Wagner]'''<br>
 
'''Instructor: [mailto:david.wagner@uconn.edu David Wagner]'''<br>
:Life Sciences Rm 471<br>
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:Torrey Life Sciences Rm 471<br>
 
:860-486-2139 and 860-942-1796 (cell)<br>
 
:860-486-2139 and 860-942-1796 (cell)<br>
 
:Office hours: 10 MWF and as available<br>
 
:Office hours: 10 MWF and as available<br>
'''TA: [mailto:brigette.zacharczenko@gmail.com Brigette Zacharczenko]'''<br>
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'''TA: [mailto:kevin.keegan@uconn.edu Kevin Keegan]'''<br>
:Life Sciences Rm 473<br>
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:Torrey Life Sciences Rm 461<br>
:518-573-3091 (cell)<br>
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:617-272-5054 (cell)
 
:Office hours: as available (email for appointment)<br>
 
:Office hours: as available (email for appointment)<br>
 
'''Textbook:'''<br>
 
'''Textbook:'''<br>
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*Gullan, P. J. and P. S. Cranston. 2010. The Insects:  An Outline of Entomology. Fourth Ed. Blackwell Science, Oxford, England. <br>
 
*Gullan, P. J. and P. S. Cranston. 2010. The Insects:  An Outline of Entomology. Fourth Ed. Blackwell Science, Oxford, England. <br>
 
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==Introduction==
 
==Introduction==
 
The lectures provide a broad introduction to insect diversity, phylogeny, structure and function, behavior, ecology, and conservation. The laboratory stresses sight identification and natural history of 120 common insect families.  The collection requirement connects the lecture and laboratory by linking lecture topics, and especially insect behavior and ecology, to Connecticut’s extraordinary insect fauna.
 
The lectures provide a broad introduction to insect diversity, phylogeny, structure and function, behavior, ecology, and conservation. The laboratory stresses sight identification and natural history of 120 common insect families.  The collection requirement connects the lecture and laboratory by linking lecture topics, and especially insect behavior and ecology, to Connecticut’s extraordinary insect fauna.
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== Syllabus and Course Materials==
 
== Syllabus and Course Materials==
'''Full Syllabus:''' {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Syllabus_2012%2028%20August.docx}}Syllabus 2012<br>
 
  
'''Course Flickr page:''' [http://www.flickr.com/photos/86216499@N04 UConnGenEnt2012]<br>
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*Add your name or initials to the description of each photo you upload<br>
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!width="100"|Points
*Feel free to comment using the main account or your own flickr account<br>
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'''Lab information'''<br>
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|Midterms (100 pts each) || 200 pts
You may work on your collection in the lab outside of class time at these times:<br>
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*Mondays and Fridays after 10am
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|Final || 175 pts
*Tuesdays and Thursdays before or after class<br>
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|Collection || 300 pts
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|7 lab quizzes (25 pts each, lowest replaced by Live Insect Project grade), attendance (25 pts) and participation (25 pts) || 225 pts
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|Lab practicum || 80 pts
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|Current events/Speed talks (2 articles) || 20 pts
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|Total || 1000 pts
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'''Syllabus and Grading Rubric'''
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[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Syllabus_2019_22.pdf Syllabus (OLD)]<br>
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[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/collection_grading_2019.pdf Collection Grading Rubric]<br>
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'''Collection Materials'''
 
'''Collection Materials'''
:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/label_template.doc}}Label Template<br>
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/collection.xlsx}}Collection Excel Sheet<br>
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/label_template_2019.doc}} Label Template<br>
'''Bonus Assignments'''<br>
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/collection.xlsx}} Collection Excel Sheet<br>
:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/live%20insect%20project.docx}}Live Insect Project
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/collection_checkin_1_BVZ_2016.pdf}} Collection Check #1
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/odonate_card_template.docx}}Odonate Label Template
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/collection_checkin_2_BVZ_2016.pdf}} Collection Check #2
 
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'''Other Assignments'''
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/live_insect_project_BVZ_2014.docx}}Live Insect Project
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(The live insect project will take the place of your lowest quiz grade)
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'''Class Schedule'''
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| August 27 || '''Course overview''' || || Wagner Lab visit<br>Collections Facility<br>Intro to collections || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/The%20Insects_Aug%2028.pdf G+C Chapter 1]<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Peterson_Aug%2028.pdf B+W pgs 4-29]
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| August 28 || Course overview || || Wagner Lab visit<br>Collections Facility<br>Intro to collections || {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/The%20Insects_Aug%2028.pdf}}G+C Chapter 1<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Peterson_Aug%2028.pdf}}B+W pgs 4-29
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| August 29 || '''Importance of Insects''' <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Outline_L2_Insect_Importance.pdf  Lecture outline] <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Slides_L2_Insect_Importance.pdf Lecture slides] || || Collecting Practice <br> Intro to iNaturalist|| [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/External%20Anatomy.pdf G+C Chapter 2]<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/The%20Joy%20of%20Formication.pdf The Joy of Formication]<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/economic_value_insects.pdf Economic Value of Insects]
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| August 30 || Importance of insects<br>Introduction to insect diversity<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Insect%20Importance%2030%20August.pdf}}Introduction|| || Insect walk<br>Collecting methods<br>Pinning<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%202%20-%20collecting%2C%20pinning.pdf}}Lab 2 || {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/External%20Anatomy.pdf}}G+C Chapter 2<br> {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/The%20Joy%20of%20Formication.pdf}}The Joy of Formication
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| September 3 || '''The Diversity of Insects''' || '''Quiz 1''' || Quiz 1: Borror and White pages 4-29 <br> The Insect Orders Pt.1 <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Misof_et_al_2014_fig_1.pdf Most recent Hexapoda phylogeny from Misof et al. (2014)] [https://doi.org/10.1126/science.1257570 (full paper available here)] <br> (You will not be quizzed or tested on the Misof et al. (2014) paper)||
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| Sept 4 || Insect body I: external anatomy<br> {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Anatomy%20I_2012.pdf}}External anatomy I || '''Quiz 1''': Insect Collecting || Overview of Insect Orders<br> Pinning demonstration<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%203%20-%20orders.pdf}}Lab 3 ||
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| September 5 ||'''External Anatomy I''' <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lecture_Slides_External_Anatomy%20I_5%20September_2019.pdf External Anatomy I slides] || || The Insect Orders Pt.2  || Continue G+C Ch. 2 <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/So%20Great%20the%20Excitement%20Alfred%20Russel%20Wallace.pdf So Great the Excitement - Alfred Russell Wallace] <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/bombardier.pdf Bombardier Beetles - Thomas Eisner] ||
 
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| Sept 6 || Insect body II: external anatomy<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Anatomy%20II_2012.pdf}}External anatomy II || || External Grasshopper Anatomy<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%204%20-%20morphology%20and%20illustration.pdf}}Lab 4 ||{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/internal%20anatomy.pdf}}G+C Chapter 3
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| September 10 || '''External Anatomy II''' <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/External%20Anatomy%20II_13%20September%202016-1-compressed.pdf Lecture Slides]|| '''Quiz 2 - The Insect Orders'''|| Pinning Practice  || ||
 
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| Sept 7-9 || || || Great Mountain Forest Trip ||
 
 
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| Sept 11 || Insect body III: external anatomy || '''Quiz 2''': Insect Orders || Internal anatomy dissection ||
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| September 12 || '''External Anatomy III'''<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/External%20Anatomy%20III_12%20%20September%202019_revised.pdf Lecture Slides]|| || External Anatomy: Drawing Grasshoppers  || Begin G+C Chapter 3 ||
 
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| Sept 13 || Internal anatomy I || || Non-insect arthropods<br>Aquatic field trip ||
 
 
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| Sept 18 || Internal anatomy II<br> Geologic history I || '''Quiz 3''': Insect Anatomy || Non-insect arthropods<br> Early hexapods: Entognatha, Apterygota, Ephemeroptera, Odonata ||
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| September 17 || '''Internal Anatomy''' <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lecture%207_Internal%20Anatony%202019.pdf Lecture Slides] || || Internal Anatomy: Dissecting Cockroaches  || Continue G+C Chapter 3 <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/reading_spiderlove.pdf Spider Love] ||
 
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| Sept 20 || Geologic history II<br> Higher classification of insects || || Blattodea, Mantodea, Phasmatodea, Orthoptera ||
 
 
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| Sept 25 || Development and life histories || '''Quiz 4''': Primitive insect orders || Dermaptera, Plecoptera, Embioptera, Pscoptera ||
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| September 19 || '''Geologic/Fossil History I''' <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lecture%208%20Fossil%20History.pdf Lecture Slides] || ||Aquatics Field Trip ||G+C Chapter 7: Insect Systematics, esp. 7.3 pp. 201-207 plus one of the subdivisions <br> G+C Chapter 8: only pages 229-236 for Midterm I||
 
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| Sept 27 || Nervous system and sensory organs || || Phthiraptera, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera (aquatic) ||
 
 
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| Oct 2 || '''MIDTERM 1''' || || Hemiptera II (Heteroptera) ||
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| September 24 || '''Geologic/Fossil History II''' <br> '''Higher Classification of Insects I'''<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lecture_9_Phylogeny_2019.pdf Lecture Slides]|| '''Quiz 3 - External and Internal Insect Anatomy''' || Non-Hexapod Arthropods, Non-Insect Hexapods, Apterygota, Palaeoptera||||
 
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| Oct 4 || Nervous system and sensory organs II || || Hemiptera III (Aucheno- and Sternorrhyncha) ||
 
 
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| Oct 9 || Insect behavior || || Hemiptera IV (Fulgoroidea)<br>Bug jeopardy ||
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| September 26 || '''**First Lecture Midterm**''' || || Zoraptera, Dermaptera, Plecoptera ||[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/reading%20Eisner_Love%20Potions_2012.PDF Tom Eisner - Love Potion]<br>G+C Ch. 6 (up to Dealing With Environmental Extremes)||
 
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| Oct 11 || Microcosmos (80 minutes) || '''Quiz 5''': Hemimetabola || Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera ||
 
 
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| Oct 16 || Social insects || || Coleoptera I ||
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| October 1 || '''Development and Growth''' <br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lecture_10_Growth_and_Molting_2019_one.pdf Lecture Slides]|| '''Quiz 4 - Non-Insect Hexapods, Apterygota, Paleoptera|| Dictyoptera, Phasmatodea, Embioptera, Grylloblattodea, Orthoptera ||G+C Chapter 4: Sensory Systems||
 
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| Oct 18 || Social insects<br> Phytophagous insects || || Coleoptera II<br>Special Lab Topic: Plant secondary compounds & insect herbivory<br>Greenhouse tour ||
 
 
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| Oct 23 || Phytophagous insects || || Coleoptera III ||
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| October 3 || '''Molting and Life Cycles I'''<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lecture_11_Growth_and_Molting_2019_two.pdf Lecture Slides] || '''Send Labels for Collection Check #1 to Kevin no later than Oct 5th''' || Thysanoptera, Hemiptera I (aquatic) ||G+C Ch. 3<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Berenbaum_A_Prayer_Before_Dining.pdf May Berenbaum - A Prayer Before Dining]||
 
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| Oct 25 || Insects and plants<br>Herbivory and plant defense || || Coleoptera IV<br>Special Lab Topic: ghost moths and other scary insects ||
 
 
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| Oct 30 || Forensic entomology (Dr. William Krinsky) || || Trichoptera, Lepidoptera I<br>Bug jeopardy II ||
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| October 8 || '''Molting and Life Cycles II'''<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lecture_12_Molting_two_and_Life_Cycles_2019.pdf Lecture Slides]|||| Hemiptera II ||||
 
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| Nov 1 || '''MIDTERM 2''' || '''Quiz 6''': Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera, and Coleoptera || Lepidoptera II<br> Special Lab Topic: silk ||
 
 
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| Nov 6 || Insects: the hunted and their defenses || || Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera I ||
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| October 10 || '''Nervous System and Sensory Organs I'''  <br> <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lecture_12_Nervous_System_I_2019.pdf Lecture Slides]|| '''Collection Check #1'''|| Hemiptera III (Aucheno- and Sternorrhyncha, Fulgoroidea), Psocodea<br>steam room adventure ('''bring headlamp''')||Finish G+C Ch. 4 <br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/bed_bugs.pdf Howard Ensign Evans - Bed Bugs and Other Cuddly Things (up to pg. 178)]||
 
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| Nov 8 || Entomophagous insects || || Diptera II ||
 
 
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| Nov 13 || Chemical ecology of insects (Scott Smedley) || || Diptera III ||
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| October 15 || '''Nervous System and Sensory Organs II''' <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Nervous_System_II_Vision_2019.pdf Lecture Slides]<br>'''Insect Behavior''' <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Behavior_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] || '''Quiz 5 - Dermaptera-Psocodea (not including "optional" orders) || Bug Jeopardy <br>Special Lab Topic: Plant secondary compounds & insect herbivory ||[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/s41586-019-1610-8_compressed.pdf Genome editing retraces the evolution of toxin resistance in the monarch butterfly] (paper from Allegra's speedtalk, not required reading) ||
 
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| Nov 15 || Medical & veterinary entomology || || Open lab ||
 
 
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| Nov 27 || Medical & veterinary entomology || '''Quiz 7''': Mecopteroidea || Hymenoptera I ||
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| October 17 || '''Social Insects I'''<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Social_Behavior_Insects_I_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] || || Neuropterida ||G+C Ch. 12 Social Insects||
 
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| Nov 29 || Insect ecology || || Hymenoptera II ||
 
 
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| Dec 4 || Pest management and biological control || || Open lab ||
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| October 22 || '''Social Insects II'''<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Social_Behavior_Insects_II_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] || || Aquatic Ecology ||No new reading, study for midterm||
 
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| Dec 6 || Insect conservation || '''LAB PRACTICUM''' || Open lab ||
 
 
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| TBA || ''' FINAL EXAM''' || || ||
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| October 24 || '''Special Lecture: Forensic Entomology with Dr. William Krisnky <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Forensic_Entomology_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] || || Strepsiptera<br>Coleoptera I<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab17_strepsiptera_coleoptera_2019.pdf Lecture Slides]||||
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| October 29 || '''***Second Lecture Midterm***''' || || Special Lab Topic: Silk, Coleoptera II<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lab_16_Coleoptera_II_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] ||||
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| October 31 ||  '''Insects and Plants I'''<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Insects_and_Plants_I_2019.pdf Lecture Slides]|| || Special Lab Topic: Ghost Moths and Other Scary Insects, Coleoptera III<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab_17_coleoptera%20III_2019.pdf Lecture Slides]  ||G+C Ch. 11<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/reading_ant_and_acacia.pdf Thomas Belt - The Ant and the Acacia]||
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| November 5 || '''Insects and Plants II''' <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Insects_and_Plants_II_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] ||'''Quiz 6 - Neuropterida, Coleoptera, Strepsiptera''' ||  Insect Identification Lab (yours and aqautic lab samples)<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/identification_resources.pdf Some online insect identification resources] ||G+C Ch. 13||
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| November 7 || '''Predators, Parasitoids, and Parasites I'''<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Entomophagous_Insects_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] || || Trichoptera + Lepidoptera<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lab19_Trichoptera_and_Lepidoptera_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] ||G+C Ch. 15 ||
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| November 12 || '''Medical and Veterinary Entomology I'''<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Medical_Entomology_I_and_II_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] ||  || Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera I <br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab_21_mecoptera_siphonaptera_diptera_I_2019.pdf Lecture Slides]<br> Bug Jeopardy  ||  ||
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| November 14 || '''Medical and Veterinary Entomology II''' || || Diptera II <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%2023_diptera_II.pdf Lecture Slides]  ||  ||
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| November 19 || '''Special Lecture: Acoustical Behavior In Insects by Dr. Charles Henry'''  ||  || Diptera III<br>(no lecture slides) ||  ||
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| November 21 || '''Insect Control/Pest Management'''<br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Insect_Ecology_and_Pest_Management_I_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] <br> '''Insect Conservation I''' <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Insect_Conservation_I_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] ||'''Quiz 7 - Amphiesmenoptera + Mecopteroidea'''<br>'''Collection Check #2''' || Hymenoptera I <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab_24_hymenoptera_1.pdf Lecture Slides] || Read G+C Ch. 16 ||
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| November 26 || '''THANKSGIVING''' || ||  ||
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| November 28 || '''THANKSGIVING'''  || || ||  ||
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| December 3 ||'''Insect Conservation II''' <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Insect_Conservation_II_2019.pdf Lecture Slides] <br>'''Insect Decline'''<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Insect_Decline.pdf Lecture Slides] ||  || Hymenoptera II <br> [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab_26_hymenoptera_II.pdf Lecture Slides]||  ||
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| December 5 || '''Insect Conservation''' ||'''Lab Practical''' ||  Open Lab || [http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/GC_ch17.pdf G+C pages 458-468]  ||
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'''Collection Tips'''<br>
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1) Ensure your name is clearly written on all boxes.<br>
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2) Please keep your vials in an easy-to-access container.<br>
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3) You must hand in a printed spreadsheet (found on the course website) along with your collection. Your name must be on it. The written families should be in the same order as the specimens in your boxes.<br>
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4) Don't forget about the ecological labels. Think about them carefully, this is an easy way to make mistakes if you rush.<br>
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5) Put the labels in the right order on the pin. Locality label on top, then species label (if needed), then ecological label (if needed), then family label (if it's the first in the row). Labels should be in line with the specimen and take up as little space as possible and still be legible. They should all be facing the same direction.<br>
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6) Organization of orders/families within the box is unimportant, as long as it is clear. Try to condense to as few boxes as possible.<br>
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7) Remember that the curation guidelines are to ensure that your specimens are "museum ready" - they might be your longest legacy on earth. Think about how beautifully well organized Dave's collection is upstairs, and the main collection next door. Look at your specimens and ask if they are ready to be seamlessly integrated into a museum collection.<br>
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8) Don't fret too much about a bad specimen (missing legs, etc) if it's the only one you have. Damaged specimens are still valuable if properly labeled.<br>
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9) Moderate trading is encouraged, ideally when both trade partners receive a family/order neither of them have.<br>
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10) Some specimens will be taken and added to the main collection (you should take this as a compliment, I had several of my specimens taken). If you have a favorite specimen you are particularly attached to, like something you raised as a pet, leave a note on your spreadsheet and we will try not to take it from you : ). <br>
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'''Some Primo Collecting Locations in Walking Distance of Campus'''
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[https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B049'04.6%22N+72%C2%B015'35.3%22W/@41.8179523,-72.2616412,591m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d41.8179491!4d-72.2598014 Field and road edges near W lot on North Side of UConn campus]
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[https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B048'41.2%22N+72%C2%B014'38.3%22W/@41.811432,-72.2449342,387m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m15!1m8!3m7!1s0x0:0x0!2zNDHCsDQ5JzA0LjYiTiA3MsKwMTUnMzUuMyJX!3b1!7e2!8m2!3d41.8179491!4d-72.2598014!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d41.8114324!4d-72.2439608 Pastures along Gurleyville Road on East side of campus]
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[https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B048'27.1%22N+72%C2%B015'50.7%22W/@41.807529,-72.2647311,259m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 Powerline cut along Hunting Lodge Road on West side of campus]
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[https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B048'50.4%22N+72%C2%B015'05.0%22W/@41.8140038,-72.2518981,252m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41.813997!4d-72.25139 Near Dairy Bar ('''MANTID HOT SPOT''')]
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'''Some Primo Collecting Locations in Driving Distance of Campus'''
  
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[https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B049'25.2%22N+72%C2%B014'05.2%22W/@41.823662,-72.236963,814m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d41.8236615!4d-72.2347692 UConn Fenton Tract]. [https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B048'56.4%22N+72%C2%B013'45.2%22W/@41.815669,-72.2298869,242m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x0!7e2!8m2!3d41.8156689!4d-72.2292341 Turn off of Gurleyville Rd here.] Remember to drive slow!
 
    
 
    
  

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EEB 4250 - General Entomology

Fall 2019

Day/Time: Tuesday+Thursday Lecture 12:30-1:20 Lab 1:30 3:30
Place: Storrs campus, Torrey Life Sciences Room 313
Credits: 4
Instructor: David Wagner

Torrey Life Sciences Rm 471
860-486-2139 and 860-942-1796 (cell)
Office hours: 10 MWF and as available

TA: Kevin Keegan

Torrey Life Sciences Rm 461
617-272-5054 (cell)
Office hours: as available (email for appointment)

Textbook:

  • Borror, DJ and RE White, 1970. Peterson Field Guide to Insects: America North of Mexico.
  • Gullan, P. J. and P. S. Cranston. 2010. The Insects: An Outline of Entomology. Fourth Ed. Blackwell Science, Oxford, England.


Introduction

The lectures provide a broad introduction to insect diversity, phylogeny, structure and function, behavior, ecology, and conservation. The laboratory stresses sight identification and natural history of 120 common insect families. The collection requirement connects the lecture and laboratory by linking lecture topics, and especially insect behavior and ecology, to Connecticut’s extraordinary insect fauna.

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

Item Points
Midterms (100 pts each) 200 pts
Final 175 pts
Collection 300 pts
7 lab quizzes (25 pts each, lowest replaced by Live Insect Project grade), attendance (25 pts) and participation (25 pts) 225 pts
Lab practicum 80 pts
Current events/Speed talks (2 articles) 20 pts
Total 1000 pts


Syllabus and Grading Rubric

Syllabus (OLD)
Collection Grading Rubric


Collection Materials

Pdficon small.gif Label Template
Pdficon small.gif Collection Excel Sheet
Pdficon small.gif Collection Check #1
Pdficon small.gifOdonate Label Template
Pdficon small.gif Collection Check #2


Other Assignments

Pdficon small.gifLive Insect Project

(The live insect project will take the place of your lowest quiz grade)


Class Schedule

Date Lecture Quiz/Assignment Lab Readings
August 27 Course overview Wagner Lab visit
Collections Facility
Intro to collections
G+C Chapter 1
B+W pgs 4-29
August 29 Importance of Insects
Lecture outline
Lecture slides
Collecting Practice
Intro to iNaturalist
G+C Chapter 2
The Joy of Formication
Economic Value of Insects
September 3 The Diversity of Insects Quiz 1 Quiz 1: Borror and White pages 4-29
The Insect Orders Pt.1
Most recent Hexapoda phylogeny from Misof et al. (2014) (full paper available here)
(You will not be quizzed or tested on the Misof et al. (2014) paper)
September 5 External Anatomy I
External Anatomy I slides
The Insect Orders Pt.2 Continue G+C Ch. 2
So Great the Excitement - Alfred Russell Wallace
Bombardier Beetles - Thomas Eisner
September 10 External Anatomy II
Lecture Slides
Quiz 2 - The Insect Orders Pinning Practice
September 12 External Anatomy III
Lecture Slides
External Anatomy: Drawing Grasshoppers Begin G+C Chapter 3
September 17 Internal Anatomy
Lecture Slides
Internal Anatomy: Dissecting Cockroaches Continue G+C Chapter 3
Spider Love
September 19 Geologic/Fossil History I
Lecture Slides
Aquatics Field Trip G+C Chapter 7: Insect Systematics, esp. 7.3 pp. 201-207 plus one of the subdivisions
G+C Chapter 8: only pages 229-236 for Midterm I
September 24 Geologic/Fossil History II
Higher Classification of Insects I
Lecture Slides
Quiz 3 - External and Internal Insect Anatomy Non-Hexapod Arthropods, Non-Insect Hexapods, Apterygota, Palaeoptera
September 26 **First Lecture Midterm** Zoraptera, Dermaptera, Plecoptera Tom Eisner - Love Potion
G+C Ch. 6 (up to Dealing With Environmental Extremes)
October 1 Development and Growth
Lecture Slides
Quiz 4 - Non-Insect Hexapods, Apterygota, Paleoptera Dictyoptera, Phasmatodea, Embioptera, Grylloblattodea, Orthoptera G+C Chapter 4: Sensory Systems
October 3 Molting and Life Cycles I
Lecture Slides
Send Labels for Collection Check #1 to Kevin no later than Oct 5th Thysanoptera, Hemiptera I (aquatic) G+C Ch. 3
May Berenbaum - A Prayer Before Dining
October 8 Molting and Life Cycles II
Lecture Slides
Hemiptera II
October 10 Nervous System and Sensory Organs I

Lecture Slides
Collection Check #1 Hemiptera III (Aucheno- and Sternorrhyncha, Fulgoroidea), Psocodea
steam room adventure (bring headlamp)
Finish G+C Ch. 4
Howard Ensign Evans - Bed Bugs and Other Cuddly Things (up to pg. 178)
October 15 Nervous System and Sensory Organs II
Lecture Slides
Insect Behavior
Lecture Slides
Quiz 5 - Dermaptera-Psocodea (not including "optional" orders) Bug Jeopardy
Special Lab Topic: Plant secondary compounds & insect herbivory
Genome editing retraces the evolution of toxin resistance in the monarch butterfly (paper from Allegra's speedtalk, not required reading)
October 17 Social Insects I
Lecture Slides
Neuropterida G+C Ch. 12 Social Insects
October 22 Social Insects II
Lecture Slides
Aquatic Ecology No new reading, study for midterm
October 24 Special Lecture: Forensic Entomology with Dr. William Krisnky
Lecture Slides
Strepsiptera
Coleoptera I
Lecture Slides
October 29 ***Second Lecture Midterm*** Special Lab Topic: Silk, Coleoptera II
Lecture Slides
October 31 Insects and Plants I
Lecture Slides
Special Lab Topic: Ghost Moths and Other Scary Insects, Coleoptera III
Lecture Slides
G+C Ch. 11
Thomas Belt - The Ant and the Acacia
November 5 Insects and Plants II
Lecture Slides
Quiz 6 - Neuropterida, Coleoptera, Strepsiptera Insect Identification Lab (yours and aqautic lab samples)
Some online insect identification resources
G+C Ch. 13
November 7 Predators, Parasitoids, and Parasites I
Lecture Slides
Trichoptera + Lepidoptera
Lecture Slides
G+C Ch. 15
November 12 Medical and Veterinary Entomology I
Lecture Slides
Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera I
Lecture Slides
Bug Jeopardy
November 14 Medical and Veterinary Entomology II Diptera II
Lecture Slides
November 19 Special Lecture: Acoustical Behavior In Insects by Dr. Charles Henry Diptera III
(no lecture slides)
November 21 Insect Control/Pest Management
Lecture Slides
Insect Conservation I
Lecture Slides
Quiz 7 - Amphiesmenoptera + Mecopteroidea
Collection Check #2
Hymenoptera I
Lecture Slides
Read G+C Ch. 16
November 26 THANKSGIVING
November 28 THANKSGIVING
December 3 Insect Conservation II
Lecture Slides
Insect Decline
Lecture Slides
Hymenoptera II
Lecture Slides
December 5 Insect Conservation Lab Practical Open Lab G+C pages 458-468



Collection Tips
1) Ensure your name is clearly written on all boxes.
2) Please keep your vials in an easy-to-access container.
3) You must hand in a printed spreadsheet (found on the course website) along with your collection. Your name must be on it. The written families should be in the same order as the specimens in your boxes.
4) Don't forget about the ecological labels. Think about them carefully, this is an easy way to make mistakes if you rush.
5) Put the labels in the right order on the pin. Locality label on top, then species label (if needed), then ecological label (if needed), then family label (if it's the first in the row). Labels should be in line with the specimen and take up as little space as possible and still be legible. They should all be facing the same direction.
6) Organization of orders/families within the box is unimportant, as long as it is clear. Try to condense to as few boxes as possible.
7) Remember that the curation guidelines are to ensure that your specimens are "museum ready" - they might be your longest legacy on earth. Think about how beautifully well organized Dave's collection is upstairs, and the main collection next door. Look at your specimens and ask if they are ready to be seamlessly integrated into a museum collection.
8) Don't fret too much about a bad specimen (missing legs, etc) if it's the only one you have. Damaged specimens are still valuable if properly labeled.
9) Moderate trading is encouraged, ideally when both trade partners receive a family/order neither of them have.
10) Some specimens will be taken and added to the main collection (you should take this as a compliment, I had several of my specimens taken). If you have a favorite specimen you are particularly attached to, like something you raised as a pet, leave a note on your spreadsheet and we will try not to take it from you : ).


Some Primo Collecting Locations in Walking Distance of Campus

Field and road edges near W lot on North Side of UConn campus

Pastures along Gurleyville Road on East side of campus

Powerline cut along Hunting Lodge Road on West side of campus

Near Dairy Bar (MANTID HOT SPOT)

Some Primo Collecting Locations in Driving Distance of Campus

UConn Fenton Tract. Turn off of Gurleyville Rd here. Remember to drive slow!