EEB 4250 - General Entomology
Day/Time: Tuesday+Thursday 12:30-3:30
Place: Storrs campus, Torrey Life Sciences Room 313
Instructor: David Wagner
- Life Sciences Rm 471
- 860-486-2139 and 860-942-1796 (cell)
- Office hours: 10 MWF and as available
- 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
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
|Midterms (90 pts each)||180 pts|
|7 lab quizzes (25 pts each), live insect project (25 pts), ecology exercise (25 pts), attendance and participation (25 pts)||250 pts|
|Lab practicum||75 pts|
|Current events (2 articles)||20 pts|
- Collection Guidelines
- Label Template
- Collection Excel Sheet
- Ecological Labels
- Collection Check #1
- Odonate Label Template
Lab Facebook page: Lab Facebook page
|August 26||Course overview|| Wagner Lab visit
Intro to collections
| G+C Chapter 1|
B+W pgs 4-29
|August 28|| Importance of insects
Introduction to insect diversity
Importance of insects
| Insect walk
Collecting and pinning
How to pin and spread a moth
| G+C Chapter 2|
The Joy of Formication
Economic Value of Insects
|Sept 2|| Insect adaptations
|Quiz 1: Insect Collecting|| Overview of Insect Orders
Insect Orders handout
| Finish reading G+C chapter 2|
So Great the Excitement Alfred Russel Wallace
|Sept 4|| External Anatomy I
External Anatomy I
| External Grasshopper Anatomy
Morphology and Illustration
External Anatomy handout
|For Love of Insects|
|Sept 5-7||Great Mountain Forest Trip|
|Sept 9|| External Anatomy II
External Anatomy II
|Quiz 2: Insect Orders|| Internal anatomy dissection
Internal anatomy handout
| G+C Chapter 3|
Ant losing wings
|Sept 11|| External Anatomy III
External Anatomy III
| Aquatic insects
Aquatic field trip
| Review chapters 2 and 3|
|Sept 16|| Internal Anatomy I
Internal Anatomy I
|Quiz 3: Insect Anatomy|| Non-insect arthropods
Early hexapods: Entognatha, Apterygota, Ephemeroptera, Odonata
Non hexapods and early hexapods
| Parasitoid emerges from caterpillar|
Odonata of CT
|Sept 18|| Internal Anatomy II and Fossil History I
Internal Anatomy II and Fossil History I
| Blattodea, Mantodea, Phasmatodea, Orthoptera
Collecting around TLS
Orthoptera, Phasmatodea, Dictyoptera
|G+C Chapters 7, 8|
|Sept 23|| Fossil History II
Fossil History II
| Quiz 4: Primitive insect orders+
| Dermaptera, Plecoptera, Pscodea
Dermaptera, Plecoptera, Psocodea
|G+C Chapter 7|
|Sept 25|| Growth and phylogeny
Growth and molting
|Collection check #1|| Thysanoptera, Hemiptera I (aquatic)
Thysanoptera and Hemiptera I
|Sept 30||MIDTERM 1||Hemiptera II (Heteroptera)|
|Oct 2|| Growth and Molting
Growth and Molting
| Hemiptera III (Aucheno- and Sternorrhyncha, Fulgoroidea)
|Reading - How to make love to a cannibal|
|Oct 7||Insect behavior||Aquatic insect ecology field trip|
|Oct 9||Social insects||Quiz 5: Hemimetabola||Megaloptera, Neuroptera|
|Oct 14||Social insects, phytophagous insects||Strepsiptera, Coleoptera I|
|Oct 16||Phytophagous insects, insects and plants|| Coleoptera II
Special Lab Topic: Plant secondary compounds & insect herbivory
|Oct 21||Acoustical insects (Dr. Charles Henry)|| Coleoptera III
|Oct 23||Forensic entomology (Dr. William Krinsky)|| Coleoptera review
|Oct 28||Phytophagous insects, defenses|| Trichoptera, Lepidoptera I
Special lab topic: ghost moths and other scary insects
|Oct 30||MIDTERM 2||Quiz 6: Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera, and Coleoptera|| Trichoptera, Lepidoptera II
Special lab topic: silk
|Nov 4||Entomophagous insects||Mecoptera, Siphonaptera, Diptera I|
|Nov 6||Entomophagous insects continued||Collection Check #2||Diptera II|
|Nov 11||Medical and veterinary entomology|| Diptera III
|Nov 13||Medical and veterinary entomology||Hymenoptera I|
|Nov 18||Chemical ecology of insects (Scott Smedley)||Open lab|
|Nov 20||Insect ecology||Quiz 7: Mecopteroidea||Hymenoptera II|
|Dec 2||Pest management and biological control||Live Insect Project due||Open lab|
|Dec 4||Insect conservation||LAB PRACTICUM||Open lab|
|TBD||FINAL EXAM||COLLECTION DUE|
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.
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.