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Module 4

Module 5

Module 6

Module 7

Module 8

Module 9

Module 10


November 15, 2011

Quiz #4 is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17.  It will cover Module 9 (Insect Pests) and the first part of Module #10 (non-chemical control tactics).  DE students can take the quiz on Thursday afternoon in 4312 Gardner - let me know if that won't work for you.

This week's lab will be an opportunity for you to review the Spot ID families and put the final touches on your insect collection.  All collections are due by 4 pm on November 29.


November 6, 2011

Exam #2 is coming up on Tuesday.  It covers Behavior and Ecology (Modules 7 and 8).  Like the first exam, this one is open book / open notes.  Bring a calculator for the problems that deal with life tables and physiological time.  You may NOT use the calculator on your phone or laptop.

We'll cover identification of Diptera and Hymenoptera this week in lab.  Next week's lab will be open for review and putting the final touches on your insect collection.


October 24, 2011

Reminder:  Quiz #3 is this Tuesday.  It covers all of Module #7 (Nervous system, senses, behavior, communication, and social insects).

This week's lab will focus on identification to family in the orders Odonata, Orthoptera, and Hemiptera.  Bring your insects, the spiral-bound ID key (Bland & Jaques), the cork observation block, and everything you need to make labels (pen, scissors, step block, etc.).


October 9, 2011

Your first lab practical is coming up on October 13 or 14.  The practical will test your ability to "spot ID" insects to order (adults only), recognize external body structures on a grasshopper, identify different types of antennae, legs, wings, and mouthparts, and name the internal organs in a dissection of the cockroach.  If you missed class, all of these things are covered in the online version of labs 2, 3 and 5.

The lab practical will take about one hour.  In order to accommodate both regular and DE students, there will be three arrival times on each day:  12 noon, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm.  Please let me know if you cannot make it to campus during one of these six time slots.  Since DELTA is not set up to handle lab practicals, I will have to work directly with proctors for all out-of-town students.  Be sure I have your proctor's name and contact information.

Demo and practice materials (including a spot ID self-test) are available on the back lab table in 4302 Gardner until next Wednesday night.  E-mail me if you've forgotten the door code.  You are free to come and go except for Tuesday afternoon when another class uses the room. The online flash cards, the external anatomy images in the online version of Lab #3 and the roach guts picture gallery in the online version of Lab #5 are also good tools for reviewing those topics.

Earn up to four extra points of HW credit by submitting a "minicollection" when you come to take the lab practical.  Your minicollection should consist of one pinned insect, one pointed insect, one spread insect, and one insect in alcohol -- all correctly curated with a date/locality label (no ID or ecology label needed yet).  My purpose is to insure that you are doing things correctly - it would be a shame to turn in your collection and discover that you lost points on every specimen becuase they were mislabeled.  I will grade the minicollection while you are taking the lab practical and return it when you are done.  This assignment is REQUIRED for all DE students.  Send me a close-up photo of each specimen (make sure I can read the labels!!).


September 27, 2011

This week's lab is the farm field trip.  Bring your net, killing jar, and plenty of collecting bottles.

Your first major exam in General Entomology is scheduled for next Tuesday.  It will cover everything in the course so far:  modules 2-6.  You will have 75 minutes for the exam.  It will be open book / open notes, but you may NOT use a laptop, PDA, or any wireless device that can link to the internet (including cell phones).

Exam format will include a wide variety of question types including T/F, multiple choice, matching, short answer, fill-in-the-blank, and at least one essay.  (see examples of old exams on your website).

Unless I hear differently, I assume you will take the exam at the same time and place as you have taken your quizzes.


September 20, 2011

Scores for Quiz #2 have been posted in your Moodle gradebook.

This week's lab is Internal Anatomy.  Bring dissecting tools and insect pins.


September 13, 2011

This is the week for our aquatic field trip.  Bring your net, killing jar, and plenty of collecting bottles.  Wear boots or shoes that can get wet or muddy.

Quiz #2 is coming up next Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Quiz format will be similar to the first one.
Topics include all of external anatomy and development:
          Head Capsule
          Egg structure

The Micron pens I ordered have arrived (fine point, permanent ink).  I can sell you one for $2.50 - that's about 50 cents below retail cost.  Check with me after lecture or lab.


September 6, 2011

If you took the paper version of Quiz #1, your score has been posted in the Moodle gradebook.  If you took the quiz online, your score should be available after 8 pm on Wednesday.  If you didn't take the quiz, your score is zero!!  Maybe you should call me.

This week's lab is External Anatomy.  Bring dissecting tools, insect pins, and your copy of Bland & Jaques.
Do NOT bring your insects.

You can earn 5 points of homework credit next Saturday, Sept. 17, by attending BugFest at the NC Museum of Natural Science, Downtown Raleigh.  The Plaza, Capitol Grounds, and all four floors of the Museum will be filled with buggy fun!  More info at:

To get credit, go to the third floor of the museum between 9 am and 4 pm, find the "Stump the Experts" station, and sign the attendance sheet located there.


August 30, 2011

If you are on schedule, you should have finished Modules #1 and #2.  If not, the deadline for Module #2 assignments is Wednesday, Aug. 31.  The real work starts in Module #3, so leave yourself enough time to completely assimilate all the information in the Taxonomy and Systematics reading assignments.

This week's lab will be a field trip to the woods.  We'll focus on insects in trees (living and dead) and those in the soil.  Bring your net, killing jar, and some collecting bottles.  Meet in 4302 Gardner at 12:25 on Thursday or Friday afternoon.

Quiz #1 is coming up on Sept. 6.  You will be tested on the following:
1.  Common names and scientific names for each order of insects
2.  Phylogenetic relationships -- who's related to whom in the tree of life
3.  Distinctive physical characteristics of each order
4.  Ecological role of each order (herbivore, predator, scavenger, etc.)
5.  Economic importance (if any) to humans of each order
All this information can be found in the "Compendium" of insects.  It is also summarized on the last two pages of the topic outline (PDF) for Module #3.

If you're a DE student, now's the time to make appropriate testing arrangements.  Let me know if you want to take it with me that morning (between 8:00 and 9:30 am) or that afternoon (between 3:30 and 5:00 pm).  Otherwise you should make an appointment with the DELTA testing center (Cox Hall or Centennial Campus) or arrange for a remote proctor (if you are out of town):


August 20, 2011

I hope you managed to survive the first (half) week of classes.

If you missed lecture on Thursday, please view the audio powerpoint for Module #1.  This should get you up to speed on course requirements.

If you still need to pick up a set of collecting equipment, come to the lab (4302 Gardner Hall) on Monday, August 22 from 1-2 pm or Wednesday, August 24 from 3-5 pm.  If those times don't suit you, contact the TA, Rachel Suits, to arrange an alternate time.  You can do the lab "on your own" by following the Meadow Field Trip instructions.

Begin earning homework points by posting a "Personal Introduction" (3 pts) in the first discussion forum, submitting the first homework assignment called "It's Greek to Me" (5 pts) and completing the Orientation Worksheet (5 pts).  All of these assignments can be found in the Moodle workspace -- click on "Course Materials" and then "Login to Moodle".  All of these should be completed by August 26 to qualify for homework points.


August 15, 2011

My petition to postpone the start of fall semester has been denied!

The first class meeting for Ent 425 is on Thursday morning, August 18, at 10:15 am in 206 Cox Hall. Labs WILL MEET the first week on Thursday and Friday afternoons (12:25-3:15 pm in 4302 Gardner).

The schedule for Fall, 2011 has been posted.  Look around the website if you have some free time and get familiar with the resources that will be available to you.

Our first lab will include a short field trip to a weedy field.  Please come dressed appropriately.  I would recommend long pants and shoes (not flip-flops).  The management is not responsible for cases of poison ivy or scratches from thorns....

Students taking the course by distance education (DE) may begin working on Module 1, but please don't start submitting homework or post to a discussion forum until Aug. 18.  I encourage DE students to come and participate in the lectures and/or labs whenever possible.  You don't need to let me know -- just show up.  If you're not able to attend the first lab, please contact me by phone (919-515-1659) during the week of August 22 to arrange pick up or delivery of your collecting equipment.

See you soon!!


June 26, 2011

If you're thinking about signing up for ENT 425, check out the course syllabus and browse through the resource library to find out what you're getting into!

If you do plan to take the course, you may want to consider starting your insect collection this summer.  Two documents that will get you pointed in the right direction are:

  1. a list of collection requirements, and
  2. a few suggestions for mounting and preserving the insects you collect

Don't hesitate to call (919-515-1659) or e-mail ( if you have any other questions.

All non-degree, lifelong, or continuing education students (i.e. anyone not currently enrolled in a degree program) must first register with the University as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student.  Registration forms and other information can be found at: