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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 2016</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)<br>
 
: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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'''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), attendance (25 pts) and participation (25 pts) || 225 pts
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|Lab practicum || 80 pts
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|Current events (2 articles) || 20 pts
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|Total || 1000 pts
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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/collection_grading_2016.pdf}} Collection Grading Rubric
'''Bonus Assignments'''<br>
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/label_template_2016.doc}} Label Template<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.xlsx}} Collection Excel Sheet<br>
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/ecological_labels_2014.docx}} Ecological Labels<br>
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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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| 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 30 || 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 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 1 || Importance of insects<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Insect%20Importance%201%20September.compressed.pdf}} Importance of Insects<br>Introduction to insect diversity<br>|| ||Collecting methods<br>Pinning<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%202%20-%20collecting%2C%20pinning%20BZ_2014.pdf}}Collecting and pinning <br> [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iz2PslQbLK4&feature=youtu.be How to pin and spread a moth] || {{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<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/economic_value_insects.pdf}}Economic Value of Insects
 
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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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| Sept 6 || Insect adaptations|| '''Quiz 1''': Insect Collecting || Fenton Trip <br>||
 
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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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| Sept 8 || External Anatomy I<br>:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/External%20Anatomy%20I_8%20September%202016.compressed.pdf}} External Anatomy I<br>|| || Insect Orders <br> {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%203%20-%20orders%20handout_2016_DLW.pdf}}Insect Orders Handout <br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%204%20-%20orders%20KK_2016.pdf}}Insect Orders Slides <br>||
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{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/So%20Great%20the%20Excitement%20Alfred%20Russel%20Wallace.pdf}}So Great the Excitement by Alfred Russell Wallace <br>
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{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/bombardier.pdf}}Bombardier - Thomas Eisner
 
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| Sept 7-9 || || || Great Mountain Forest Trip ||
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| Sept 9-11 || || || Great Mountain Forest Trip ||
 
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| Sept 11 || Insect body III: external anatomy<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/anatomy%20III_2012_updated.pdf}}External anatomy III || '''Quiz 2''': Insect Orders || Internal anatomy dissection<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%205%20-%20internal%20anatomy.pdf}}Lab 5  || [http://www.orkin.com/cockroaches/virtual-roach/ Virtual Cockroach]<br>[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyFncIGjcQY Ant losing wings]
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| Sept 13 || External Anatomy II<br>:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/External%20Anatomy%20II_13%20September%202016.compressed.pdf}}External Anatomy II<br>|| '''Quiz 2''': Insect Orders || External anatomy<br>:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/morphology.pdf}}Illustration and External Anatomy||  
 
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| Sept 13 || Internal anatomy I<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Anatomy%20IV_2012.pdf}}Internal anatomy I || || Aquatic insects<br>Aquatic field trip<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%206%20-%20aquatic%20insects.pdf}}Lab 6 ||
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| Sept 15 || External Anatomy III<br>:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/External%20Anatomy%20III_15%20September%202016.compressed.pdf}} External Anatomy III<br>|| || Internal Anatomy<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%206%20-%20internal%20anatomy%20KK_2016.pdf}}Internal Anatomy|| G+C Chapter 3<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Fatal_Attraction.pdf}} Fatal Attraction by May Berenbaum <br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/reading_spiderlove.pdf}} Spider Love by Richard Contiff
 
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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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| Sept 20 || Internal Anatomy I|| '''Quiz 3''': Insect Anatomy || Aquatics Field Trip|| G+C Chapter 3
 
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| Sept 20 || Geologic history II<br> Higher classification of insects || || Blattodea, Mantodea, Phasmatodea, Orthoptera ||
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| Sept 22 || Internal Anatomy II<br>:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lecture%208_Intern%20Anat%20II.pdf}}Internal Anatomy II<br>Geologic History<br>:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/Lecture%208%20Fossil%20History.pdf}}Fossil History I|| || Non-Insect Hexapods, Entognatha, Apterygota, Palaeoptera <br> :{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/entomology/restricted/lab%208%20-%20non%20hexapods%20and%20early%20hexapods%20KK_2016.pdf}}Non-Hexapod Arthropods, Entognatha, Apterygota, Palaeoptera|| Insect Fossil Record: G+C pp 225-236<br>Sound production and detection: G+C pp. 94-101
 
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| Sept 25 || Development and life histories || '''Quiz 4''': Primitive insect orders || Dermaptera, Plecoptera, Embioptera, Pscoptera ||
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| Sept 27 ||Special Lecture: Acoustical Behavior in Insects (Dr. Charles Henry)|| || Blattodea, Mantodea, Phasmatodea, Orthoptera<br>Collecting around TLS<br>||
 
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| Sept 27 || Nervous system and sensory organs || || Phthiraptera, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera (aquatic) ||
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| Sept 29 || '''MIDTERM 1'''|| '''Quiz 4''': Entognatha, Apterygota, Palaeoptera, and Aquatic insects || Dermaptera, Plecoptera, Embioptera, Pscodea||
 
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| Oct 2 || '''MIDTERM 1''' || || Hemiptera II (Heteroptera) ||
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| Oct 4 || Geologic History II; Higher Classification of Insects|| Collection check #1|| Pthiraptera, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera I (aquatic)||
 
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| Oct 4 || Nervous system and sensory organs II || || Hemiptera III (Aucheno- and Sternorrhyncha) ||
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| Oct 6 || Development and Life Histories || || Hemiptera II (Heteroptera)||  
 
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| Oct 9 || Insect behavior || || Hemiptera IV (Fulgoroidea)<br>Bug jeopardy ||
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| Oct 11 || Nervous System and Sensory Organs I|| || Hemiptera III (Aucheno- and Sternorrhyncha, Fulgoroidea) <br> Bug Jeopardy I||
 
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| Oct 11 || Microcosmos (80 minutes) || '''Quiz 5''': Hemimetabola || Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera ||
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| Oct 13 || Nervous System and Sensory Organs II|| || Neuropterida||
 
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| Oct 16 || Social insects || || Coleoptera I ||
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| Oct 18 || Insect Behavior|| '''Quiz 5''': Hemimetabola (excl. Palaeoptera) || Experimental Lab TBD||
 
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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 20 || Social Insects I|| || Special Lab Topic: Plant Secondary Compounds & Herbivory <br>Greenhouse Tour <br>Strepsiptera, Coleoptera I||
 
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| Oct 23 || Phytophagous insects || || Coleoptera III ||
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| Oct 25 || Social Insects II; Phytophagous Insects I|| || Coleoptera II||
 
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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 25 ||Special Lecture: Forensic entomology (Dr. William Krinsky)|| || Coleoptera III||
 
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| Oct 30 || Forensic entomology (Dr. William Krinsky) || || Trichoptera, Lepidoptera I<br>Bug jeopardy II ||
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| Oct 27 || '''MIDTERM II'''|| || Special Lab Topic: Ghost Moths and Other Scary Insects <br> Coleoptera IV||
 
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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 1 || Phytophagous Insects II|| '''Quiz 6''': Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera, and Coleoptera || Trichoptera, Lepidoptera <br> Bug Jeopardy II||
 
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| Nov 6 || Insects: the hunted and their defenses || || Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera I ||
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| Nov 3 || Insects and Plants, Herbivory and Plant Defense|| || '''Quiz 6''': Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera, and Coleoptera||
 
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| Nov 8 || Entomophagous insects || || Diptera II ||
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| Nov 8 || Special Lecture: Chemical Ecology of Insects (Dr. Scott Smedley)  || || Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera I||
 
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| Nov 13 || Chemical ecology of insects (Scott Smedley) || || Diptera III ||
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| Nov 10 || Insects -- The Hunted and their Defenses|| Collection Check #2 || Diptera II|| ||
 
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| Nov 15 || Medical & veterinary entomology || || Open lab ||
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| Nov 15 || Entomophagous Insects || || Diptera III || ||
 
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| Nov 27 || Medical & veterinary entomology || '''Quiz 7''': Mecopteroidea || Hymenoptera I ||
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| Nov 17 || Medical and Veterinary Entomology I|| || Hymenoptera I||
 
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| Nov 29 || Insect ecology || || Hymenoptera II ||
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| Nov 29 || Medical and Veterinary Entomology II|| '''Quiz 7''': Mecopteroidea  || Open lab||
 
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| Dec 4 || Pest management and biological control || || Open lab ||
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| Dec 1 || Insect Ecology|||| Hymenoptera II||
 
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| Dec 6 || Insect conservation || '''LAB PRACTICUM''' || Open lab ||
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| Dec 6 || Pest Management and Biological Control|||| Review for Practicum <br>Open lab ||
 
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| TBA || ''' FINAL EXAM''' || || ||
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| Dec 8 || Insect conservation|| '''LAB PRACTICUM''' || Open lab ||
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| Dec ?? || ''' FINAL EXAM'''|| '''COLLECTION DUE'''|| ||
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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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EEB 4250 - General Entomology

Fall 2016

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), attendance (25 pts) and participation (25 pts) 225 pts
Lab practicum 80 pts
Current events (2 articles) 20 pts
Total 1000 pts


Collection Materials

Pdficon small.gif Collection Grading Rubric
Pdficon small.gif Label Template
Pdficon small.gif Collection Excel Sheet
Pdficon small.gif Ecological Labels
Pdficon small.gif Collection Check #1
Pdficon small.gifOdonate Label Template
Pdficon small.gif Collection Check #2


Other Assignments

Coming soon!


Date Lecture Quiz Lab Readings
August 30 Course overview Wagner Lab visit
Collections Facility
Intro to collections
Pdficon small.gifG+C Chapter 1
Pdficon small.gifB+W pgs 4-29
September 1 Importance of insects
Pdficon small.gif Importance of Insects
Introduction to insect diversity
Collecting methods
Pinning
Pdficon small.gifCollecting and pinning
How to pin and spread a moth
Pdficon small.gifG+C Chapter 2
Pdficon small.gifThe Joy of Formication
Pdficon small.gifEconomic Value of Insects
Sept 6 Insect adaptations Quiz 1: Insect Collecting Fenton Trip
Sept 8 External Anatomy I
:Pdficon small.gif External Anatomy I
Insect Orders
Pdficon small.gifInsect Orders Handout
Pdficon small.gifInsect Orders Slides

Pdficon small.gifSo Great the Excitement by Alfred Russell Wallace
Pdficon small.gifBombardier - Thomas Eisner

Sept 9-11 Great Mountain Forest Trip
Sept 13 External Anatomy II
:Pdficon small.gifExternal Anatomy II
Quiz 2: Insect Orders External anatomy
:Pdficon small.gifIllustration and External Anatomy
Sept 15 External Anatomy III
:Pdficon small.gif External Anatomy III
Internal Anatomy
Pdficon small.gifInternal Anatomy
G+C Chapter 3
Pdficon small.gif Fatal Attraction by May Berenbaum
Pdficon small.gif Spider Love by Richard Contiff
Sept 20 Internal Anatomy I Quiz 3: Insect Anatomy Aquatics Field Trip G+C Chapter 3
Sept 22 Internal Anatomy II
:Pdficon small.gifInternal Anatomy II
Geologic History
:Pdficon small.gifFossil History I
Non-Insect Hexapods, Entognatha, Apterygota, Palaeoptera
 :Pdficon small.gifNon-Hexapod Arthropods, Entognatha, Apterygota, Palaeoptera
Insect Fossil Record: G+C pp 225-236
Sound production and detection: G+C pp. 94-101
Sept 27 Special Lecture: Acoustical Behavior in Insects (Dr. Charles Henry) Blattodea, Mantodea, Phasmatodea, Orthoptera
Collecting around TLS
Sept 29 MIDTERM 1 Quiz 4: Entognatha, Apterygota, Palaeoptera, and Aquatic insects Dermaptera, Plecoptera, Embioptera, Pscodea
Oct 4 Geologic History II; Higher Classification of Insects Collection check #1 Pthiraptera, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera I (aquatic)
Oct 6 Development and Life Histories Hemiptera II (Heteroptera)
Oct 11 Nervous System and Sensory Organs I Hemiptera III (Aucheno- and Sternorrhyncha, Fulgoroidea)
Bug Jeopardy I
Oct 13 Nervous System and Sensory Organs II Neuropterida
Oct 18 Insect Behavior Quiz 5: Hemimetabola (excl. Palaeoptera) Experimental Lab TBD
Oct 20 Social Insects I Special Lab Topic: Plant Secondary Compounds & Herbivory
Greenhouse Tour
Strepsiptera, Coleoptera I
Oct 25 Social Insects II; Phytophagous Insects I Coleoptera II
Oct 25 Special Lecture: Forensic entomology (Dr. William Krinsky) Coleoptera III
Oct 27 MIDTERM II Special Lab Topic: Ghost Moths and Other Scary Insects
Coleoptera IV
Nov 1 Phytophagous Insects II Quiz 6: Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera, and Coleoptera Trichoptera, Lepidoptera
Bug Jeopardy II
Nov 3 Insects and Plants, Herbivory and Plant Defense Quiz 6: Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera, and Coleoptera
Nov 8 Special Lecture: Chemical Ecology of Insects (Dr. Scott Smedley) Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera I
Nov 10 Insects -- The Hunted and their Defenses Collection Check #2 Diptera II
Nov 15 Entomophagous Insects Diptera III
Nov 17 Medical and Veterinary Entomology I Hymenoptera I
Nov 29 Medical and Veterinary Entomology II Quiz 7: Mecopteroidea Open lab
Dec 1 Insect Ecology Hymenoptera II
Dec 6 Pest Management and Biological Control Review for Practicum
Open lab
Dec 8 Insect conservation LAB PRACTICUM Open lab
Dec ?? FINAL EXAM COLLECTION DUE



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 : ).