ELEMENTS OF ENTOMOLOGY

ENTO 205 - Fall 2002, MWF 10:10 - 11:00 AM

Instructor: Dr. Dewey M. Caron Office Hours: MWF 8:30 - 9:30
  250A Townsend Hall   MW 11:15 - 12:00
  Phone (302) 831 - 8883   TR Anytime in office

email: dmcaron@udel.edu     website http://udel.edu/~dmcaron/ento205.html


Course Information

COURSE SCHEDULE:  A course schedule will be distributed the first class meeting.  It will include all assignments and schedules of exams and other grading opportunities.  You are responsible for being in class and prepared for all grade events.  Exams and assignments will be discussed in class prior to the event.  I normally attempt to schedule a review session the day before the exam itself.

OFFICE HOURS:  Regular office hours are shown above and will be re-announced in the initial class meeting.  Feel free to come and talk with me at any time about any topic related to the course or otherwise.  Call in advance to be sure I am in the office if you come to Townsend/South campus.  I am available one-half hour before and after class.  I can arrange appointments outside of regular office hours.  Feel free to stop by and chat anytime I am in the office. It is easier ot catch me Tuesdays & Thursdays.

GRADING SYSTEM & SCALE:

Butterfly project, Favorite Insect & Insect Assignment each count 5%

Friday Quizzes 10%

1st & 2nd hour exams 25% each

Final Exam 25%

Grades based on points earned A= 93-100%; A-=90-92; B+=88-89;B=83-87; B-=80-82

C+=78-79: C= 73-77; C-=70-72; D+=68-69; D=60-67; F= below 60

     
     
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  • PREVIOUS EXAMS: Copies of previous exams will be put on reserve in the Morris Library Reserve Room and on the Website.  You should consult them while studying for the first and second hour exams -- do not rely on them as they are not used to prepare the current exams.  Information on exam and quiz coverage will be presented in class at least one class period prior to each event.

    Fall 1999 First Exam
    Fall 1999 Second Exam
    Spring 2000 First Exam
    Spring 2000 Second Exam

    Fall 2000 First Exam

    Fall 2000 Second Exam

    Fall 2001 First Exam     

    Fall 2001 Second Exam


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    ATTENDANCE:  Required!  How else to better see slides, demonstrations, videos/film strips, and join in discussion, ask questions, etc.  Exams will emphasize what is said in class --  it's not all in the manual.  Besides, I will notice.  If you must miss a class, arrange to copy notes and get handouts, etc., from a fellow student.  I can help clarify points but am not available to redo the entire missed lecture.

    TEXTS:

    Required

    Caron, D. M.  Elements of Entomology.  2002 - available at bookstore and Delaware Book Exchange

    Recommended

    Romoser, W.S. &  J.G.  Stoffolano.  The Science of Entomology. 4th Edition.  1998.

    NOTE: There are several additional books on reserve such as Horn & Peters that might help fill  in details.

    RESERVE READINGS:

    10 Selected Readings in Entomology.  (available from Copy Maven, Newark, or in Reserve Room, Morris Library)


    INSECT ASSIGNMENT:  You will be required to collect several insects and answer a series of questions about them.  See assignment specs in the Manual (page iv) for further information.  We will also be discussing the assignment in class.  There are several insect guides on reserve to help you ID insects -- the TA’s can also assist.

    BUTTERFLY REARING PROJECT:  You will be provided with a rearing "kit,"  including everything you need to rear your own painted lady (Vanessa cardui) butterfly from larva to adult.  Instructions will be provided. You will need to keep a journal of your observations. See Manual (page vi) for more specific information.

    FRIDAY QUIZZES:  On a number of Fridays we will have a short quiz that will cover previous lectures.   You will be able to drop the lowest quiz grade from your average (total 5 to count).

    FAVORITE INSECT:  You will need to identify one insect (a favorite!) and provide specific information on that insect in accordance with our examination of major approaches to the Science of Entomology.  See Manual page viii for details.

     

     

    LECTURE SCHEDULE and COURSE ASSIGNMENTS

    Date

    Topic

    Manual
    Section

    Textbook
    Assignment

    SciAm
    Reading

    Sept.
    .

    4 & 6

    Why study insects - the most abundant animals on earth ?

    1

    Ch. 1 & 15

    May

     

    9 & 11

    To be an insect: the basic plan.

    2

    Ch. 2

    Pringle

     

    13

    QUIZ 1

         
     

    16 & 18

    Insect diversity: The Orders

    3

    Ch. 11

     
     

    20

    QUIZ 2

         
     

    23 & 25

    Insect Orders & Relatives

     

     Ch. 12 & 13

     
     

    27

    INSECT ASSIGNMENT DUE

         
     

    30

    Insect Evolution - where did they come from ?

    4

     

    Kettlewell & Sheer

    Oct.

    2

    First HOUR EXAM

         
     

    4

    The insect internally: processing food, circulation.

    5

    Ch. 4

     
     

    7

    Respiration, muscles, nerves.

    5

     Ch. 3, 4, 6, & 7

     
     

    9

    Reproduction: parthenogenesis

     

     Ch. 5

    Tallamy

     

    11

    QUIZ 3

         

     

    Oct.

    14 & 16

    Insect growth & development

    6

    Tallamy

     
     

    18

    QUIZ 4

         
     

    21

    Insect Behavior

    7

    Ch. 8

    Lloyd & Kirchner/Towne

     

    23

    The challenge of the environment.

         
     

    25

    QUIZ 5

         
     

    28

    Insect ecology

    8

    Ch. 9 & 10

     
     

    30

    SECOND HOUR EXAM

         

     Nov

    1

    Symbiosis

     

    Ch.  9

    DeVries & Rosenthal

     

    4

    Pollination

     

    Ch. 10 

     
     

    6

    Herbivory

     

    Ch. 10

     
     

    8

    BUTTERFLY REARING PROJECT DUE

         
     

    11 & 15

    Aquatic/terrestrial habitats

         
     

    13

    NO CLASS

         
     

    20

    NO CLASS

         
     

    18 & 22

    Insects & humans

    9

    Ch. 14

     
     

    25 & 27

    Insect pest management

     10

    Ch. 16 & 17 

     
     

    28 - 29

    Thanksgiving Break - No Class

         

    Dec.

    2 & 4

    Insect pest management

         
     

    6

    FAVORITE INSECT DUE

         
     

    9 & 11

    Social insects

    11

    Ch. 8

    Von Frisch

               
     

     20

    FINAL EXAM

         

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    For information on entomology in general, interesting facts about insects, jobs in entomology, and other miscellaneous information, click on the logo below.

    Here are some convenient websites to consult for information on insects.

    Iowa State University Insect Image Gallery
    University of Kentucky Department of Entomology EntFacts
    Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies in North America - Predators
    Insects and Pesticides Information from Virginia Cooperative Extension
    Ohioline Yard and Garden Insect Information
    The Scientific Study of Ants
    Insects on the Web
    The Bug Page

    Links to Delaware Cooperative Extension leaflets

    Household/Landscape Pests
    Ornamental Insects and Animals - Series