General Entomology

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EEB 4250 - General Entomology

Fall 2014

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

Item Points
Midterms (90 pts each) 180 pts
Final 175 pts
Collection 300 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
Total 1000 pts

Collection Materials

Pdficon small.gifCollection Guidelines
Pdficon small.gifLabel Template
Pdficon small.gifCollection Excel Sheet
Pdficon small.gifEcological Labels
Pdficon small.gifCollection Check #1
Pdficon small.gifOdonate Label Template

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Other Assignments

Pdficon small.gifLive Insect Project

Date Lecture Quiz Lab Readings
August 26 Course overview Wagner Lab visit
Collections Facility
Intro to collections
Pdficon small.gifG+C Chapter 1
Pdficon small.gifB+W pgs 4-29
August 28 Importance of insects
Introduction to insect diversity
Pdficon small.gif Importance of insects
Insect walk
Collecting methods
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 2 Insect adaptations
Pdficon small.gifInsect adaptations
Quiz 1: Insect Collecting Overview of Insect Orders
Pinning demonstration
Pdficon small.gifInsect Orders
Pdficon small.gifInsect Orders handout
Finish reading G+C chapter 2
Pdficon small.gifSo Great the Excitement Alfred Russel Wallace
Sept 4 External Anatomy I
Pdficon small.gifExternal Anatomy I
External Grasshopper Anatomy
Pdficon small.gifMorphology and Illustration
Pdficon small.gifExternal Anatomy handout
Pdficon small.gifFor Love of Insects
Sept 5-7 Great Mountain Forest Trip
Sept 9 External Anatomy II
Pdficon small.gifExternal Anatomy II
Quiz 2: Insect Orders Internal anatomy dissection
Pdficon small.gifInternal anatomy
Pdficon small.gifInternal anatomy handout
G+C Chapter 3
Virtual Cockroach
Ant losing wings
Sept 11 External Anatomy III
Pdficon small.gifExternal Anatomy III
Aquatic insects
Aquatic field trip
Pdficon small.gifAquatic insects
Review chapters 2 and 3
Pdficon small.gifSpider Love
Sept 16 Internal Anatomy I
Pdficon small.gifInternal Anatomy I
Quiz 3: Insect Anatomy Non-insect arthropods
Early hexapods: Entognatha, Apterygota, Ephemeroptera, Odonata
Pdficon small.gifNon hexapods and early hexapods
Parasitoid emerges from caterpillar
Odonata of CT
Sept 18 Internal Anatomy II and Fossil History I
Pdficon small.gifInternal Anatomy II and Fossil History I
Blattodea, Mantodea, Phasmatodea, Orthoptera
Collecting around TLS
Pdficon small.gifOrthoptera, Phasmatodea, Dictyoptera
G+C Chapters 7, 8
Sept 23 Fossil History II
Pdficon small.gifFossil History II
Quiz 4: Primitive insect orders+
Aquatic insects
Dermaptera, Plecoptera, Pscodea
Pdficon small.gifDermaptera, Plecoptera, Psocodea
G+C Chapter 7
Maternal earwig
Bark lice
Sept 25 Growth and phylogeny
Pdficon small.gifGrowth and molting
Pdficon small.gifPhylogeny
Collection check #1 Thysanoptera, Hemiptera I (aquatic)
Pdficon small.gifThysanoptera and Hemiptera I
Sept 30 MIDTERM 1 Hemiptera II (Heteroptera)
Pdficon small.gifHemiptera II
Oct 2 Growth and Molting
Pdficon small.gifGrowth and Molting
Hemiptera III (Aucheno- and Sternorrhyncha, Fulgoroidea)
Pdficon small.gifHemiptera III
Pdficon small.gifReading - How to make love to a cannibal
Oct 7 Growth and Molting II
Nervous System I
Pdficon small.gifGrowth and Molting II
Pdficon small.gifNervous System I
Pdficon small.gifNeuropterida
G+C chapter 4
Giant dobsonfly
Mantis mating
Oct 9 Nervous System II
Pdficon small.gifNervous System II
Quiz 5: Hemimetabola Aquatic ecology field trip Pdficon small.gifEisner, Love Potions
Pdficon small.gifJudson chapter 1
Mantids mating
Oct 14 Behavior I
Pdficon small.gifBehavior I
Strepsiptera, Coleoptera I
Pdficon small.gifColeoptera I
Oct 16 Behavior II
Social Insects I
Pdficon small.gifBehavior II
Pdficon small.gifSocial Insects I
Coleoptera II
Pdficon small.gifColeoptera II
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Pdficon small.gifNowak et al. 2010
Oct 21 Acoustical insects (Dr. Charles Henry)
Pdficon small.gifAcoustical insects
Coleoptera III
Pdficon small.gifColeoptera III
Oct 23 Forensic entomology (Dr. William Krinsky) Coleoptera review
Bug jeopardy
Oct 28 Phytophagous insects, defenses Quiz 6: Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Strepsiptera, and Coleoptera Trichoptera, Lepidoptera I
Special lab topic: ghost moths and other scary insects
Oct 30 MIDTERM 2 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
Open lab
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

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.
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.