General Entomology

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EEB 4250 - General Entomology

Fall 2012

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

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

TA: Brigette Zacharczenko

Life Sciences Rm 473
518-573-3091 (cell)
Office hours: as available (email for appointment)


  • 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.


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.

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 2012

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Date Lecture Quiz Lab Readings
August 28 Course overview Wagner Lab visit
Collections Facility
Intro to collections
Pdficon small.gifG+C Chapter 1
Pdficon small.gifB+W pgs 4-29
August 30 Importance of insects
Introduction to insect diversity
Pdficon small.gifIntroduction
Insect walk
Collecting methods
Pdficon small.gifLab 2
G+C Chapter 2
Pdficon small.gifThe Joy of Formication
Sept 4 Insect body I: external anatomy
Pdficon small.gifExternal anatomy I
Quiz 1: Insect Collecting Overview of Insect Orders
Pinning demonstration
Sept 6 Insect body II: external anatomy External Grasshopper Anatomy
Sept 7-9 Great Mountain Forest Trip
Sept 11 Insect body III: external anatomy Quiz 2: Insect Orders Internal anatomy dissection
Sept 13 Internal anatomy I Non-insect arthropods
Aquatic field trip
Sept 18 Internal anatomy II
Geologic history I
Quiz 3: Insect Anatomy Non-insect arthropods
Early hexapods: Entognatha, Apterygota, Ephemeroptera, Odonata
Sept 20 Geologic history II
Higher classification of insects
Blattodea, Mantodea, Phasmatodea, Orthoptera
Sept 25 Development and life histories Quiz 4: Primitive insect orders Dermaptera, Plecoptera, Embioptera, Pscoptera
Sept 27 Nervous system and sensory organs Phthiraptera, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera (aquatic)
Oct 2 MIDTERM 1 Hemiptera II (Heteroptera)
Oct 4 Nervous system and sensory organs II Hemiptera III (Aucheno- and Sternorrhyncha)
Oct 9 Insect behavior Hemiptera IV (Fulgoroidea)
Bug jeopardy
Oct 11 Microcosmos (80 minutes) Quiz 5: Hemimetabola Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera
Oct 16 Social insects Coleoptera I
Oct 18 Social insects
Phytophagous insects
Coleoptera II
Special Lab Topic: Plant secondary compounds & insect herbivory
Greenhouse tour
Oct 23 Phytophagous insects Coleoptera III
Oct 25 Insects and plants
Herbivory and plant defense
Coleoptera IV
Special Lab Topic: ghost moths and other scary insects
Oct 30 Forensic entomology (Dr. William Krinsky) Trichoptera, Lepidoptera I
Bug jeopardy II
Nov 1 MIDTERM 2 Quiz 6: Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera, and Coleoptera Lepidoptera II
Special Lab Topic: silk
Nov 6 Insects: the hunted and their defenses Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera I
Nov 8 Entomophagous insects Diptera II
Nov 13 Chemical ecology of insects (Scott Smedley) Diptera III
Nov 15 Medical & veterinary entomology Open lab
Nov 27 Medical & veterinary entomology Quiz 7: Mecopteroidea Hymenoptera I
Nov 29 Insect ecology Hymenoptera II
Dec 4 Pest management and biological control Open lab
Dec 6 Insect conservation LAB PRACTICUM Open lab