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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Lab information
You may work on your collection in the lab outside of class time at these times:

  • Mondays and Fridays after 10am
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays before or after class

Collection Materials

Pdficon small.gifLabel Template
Pdficon small.gifCollection Excel Sheet

Bonus Assignments

Pdficon small.gifLive Insect Project

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
Pdficon small.gifG+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
Pdficon small.gifLab 3
Sept 6 Insect body II: external anatomy
Pdficon small.gifExternal anatomy II
External Grasshopper Anatomy
Pdficon small.gifLab 4
Pdficon small.gifG+C Chapter 3
Sept 7-9 Great Mountain Forest Trip
Sept 11 Insect body III: external anatomy
Pdficon small.gifExternal anatomy III
Quiz 2: Insect Orders Internal anatomy dissection
Pdficon small.gifLab 5
Virtual Cockroach
Ant losing wings
Sept 13 Internal anatomy I
Pdficon small.gifInternal anatomy I
Aquatic insects
Aquatic field trip
Pdficon small.gifLab 6
Sept 18 Internal anatomy II
Geologic history I
Pdficon small.gifAnatomy and Geologic History
Quiz 3: Insect Anatomy Non-insect arthropods
Early hexapods: Entognatha, Apterygota, Ephemeroptera, Odonata
Pdficon small.gifLab 7
G+C Chapter 7
G+C Chapter 6
Sept 20 Geologic history II
Higher classification of insects
Pdficon small.gifGeologic history II
Pdficon small.gifInsect phylogeny
Blattodea, Mantodea, Phasmatodea, Orthoptera
Walk to W lot
Pdficon small.gifLab 8
G+C Chapter 8 (section 8.2, the rest is optional)
Sept 25 Development and life histories
Pdficon small.gifDevelopment and life histories
Quiz 4: Primitive insect orders+
Aquatic insects
Dermaptera, Plecoptera, Embioptera, Pscoptera
Pdficon small.gifLab 9
Pdficon small.gifReading part 1
Pdficon small.gifReading part 2
Maternal earwig
Bark lice
Sept 27 Growth and development
Pdficon small.gifGrowth and development
Collection check #1 Phthiraptera, Thysanoptera, Hemiptera (aquatic)
Pdficon small.gifLab 10
Painted lady
Oct 2 MIDTERM 1 Hemiptera II (Heteroptera)
Pdficon small.gifLab 11
Bed bugs
Stink bugs
Oct 4 Nervous system and sensory organs II
Pdficon small.gifNervous System
Hemiptera III (Aucheno- and Sternorrhyncha, Fulgoroidea)
Pdficon small.gifLab 12
C+G chapter 4
Pdficon small.gifInsect Lives, Chapter 8 (Metamorphosis)
Regulatin' genes
Oct 9 Nervous System II
Pdficon small.gifNervous System II
Open lab
Bug jeopardy
Pdficon small.gifBug Jeopardy file
G+C chapter 4
Pdficon small.gifJudson chapter 6
Pdficon small.gifJudson chapter 7
Oct 11 Make-up lecture Quiz 5: Hemimetabola Megaloptera, Neuroptera
Oct 16 Social insects Strepsiptera, 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