Syllabus: BIOLOGY 1224 -- Entomology
Fall Semester 2014 -- 8:00 - 9:15 a.m., MW, Peep. 111.
Laboratory meets 10:50 a.m. - 12:40 p.m., Wednesday, in Peep. 116.

Dr. James K. Adams -- 148 Sequoya Hall                Office Hours: 9:15 - 11:55 a.m. M; 8:00 - 10:40
Office: (706) 272-4427     Home: (706) 602-6993       a.m. T; 9:15 - 10:40 W; 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. MW;
E-mail:
jadams@daltonstate.edu                                   1:40 - 4:00 p.m. Th; 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Faculty website: www.daltonstate.edu/faculty-staff/jadams/            some Fridays or by appointment

Textbooks
: Daly and Doyen's Introduction to Insect Biology and Diversity, 3rd Edition, by Whitfield
        and Purcell III, and A Field Guide to the Insects, by Borror and White

Week                  Topics                                  Chapter, Pages        Scheduled Lab Exercise
Aug. 11-14            Introduction to Course            1                             Collecting Requirements/ 
                              What is an insect/arthropod?   16 (319 - 323)        General Suggestions
                              Why should we study insects?                                Killing Jars/Net use
                              General Biological Concepts

Aug. 18 - 21          External Anatomy of Insects   2 (Overview)              Pinning/Spreading
                              Integument/Exoskeleton          3 (Overview; 51 - 56)       Making Labels
                   
Aug. 25 - 28        Molting/Metamorphosis          3 (56 - 58); 4 (69 - 74)     QUIZ 1  External Anatomy      
                            Hexapods: more than one evolutionary origin?                  FIELD TRIP
                            Overview of Insect Orders       16 (327 - 334)               (weather permitting)   
                           
The "Entognatha"; Non-insect Hexapods     18 

                            **Labor Day Holiday, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014***


Sept. 2 - 4            The Apterygotes                      19                       QUIZ 2 (Molting/Metamorphosis)  
                             Flight/Flight Mechanisms          5 (122 - 126); 16 (323 - 326)
                             The Ephemeroptera                20                             Using Dichotomous Keys 
                           
Sept. 8 - 11           The Odonata                          21                        QUIZ 3 ("Primitive" Orders)
                              Orthopteroid Orders              22 - 31                    Work on Collection

Sept. 15 - 18    ***EXAM 1, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014***      Open lab; Students' Choice
                               Begin Hemipteroid Orders  32 - 35

Sept. 22
- 25          Hemipteroid Orders            32 - 35                    First 25 Insects "Due"
                              Neuropteroid Orders            36 - 38, 40
                Dirt hexapods
lab
          FOR LAB -- (Bring a container of soil plus leaf litter; best if from moist [but NOT wet]
                    location).  LOOSE soil from under leaf litter/rotting logs is often very productive

Sept. 29 - Oct. 2  
Coleoptera                           39                       FIELD TRIP (weather
                             
QUIZ 4 (Hemipteroid/Neuropteroid Orders)             permitting)


Oct. 6 - 9          Hymenoptera                          41                   Work on Collection

                ***FALL BREAK, Monday, Oct. 13 -Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014***

Oct. 15 - 16         Mecopteroid Orders             42 - 44, 46                      Keying Test         
                                   
                                        Next 25 insects "Due", Work on Collection
            
Oct. 20 - 23       Lepidoptera                          45                               Work on Collection
                     ***EXAM 2, Chaps. 32 - 46, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014***


Oct. 27 - 30      Internal Anatomy:   Digestive System          5 (Overview, 96 - 103)       
                                Respiratory System      5 (Overview, 104 - 110)      Field Trip or
                                Circulatory System       5 (Overview, 110 - 113)       work on collection
                                Excretory System         5 (Overview, 113 - 117)
                                Reproductive System   4 (Overview, 78 - 84)
                              

Nov. 3 - 6          Sense Organs: Eyes, Ears, Antennae    6 (Overview, 134 - 148)

                           Vertebrate-insect interactions       8 (199 - 203)  QUIZ 6 (Internal Anatomy)
                          
Defenses Against Predation         8 (203 - 210)        Work on collection
                         
 Plant-Insect Interactions              9                                  
                            Insect-insect interactions           10                            
                            Insects and Microbes                11                                
                           

Nov. 10 - 13 
     Human Impact                          12 (Overview)            Last 25 insects "due"    
                            Control of Insect populations:                                     Identification Test
                            Natural controls & Pest Management       13 (Overview)         (in lab)
                            Behavior:  Communication     6 (148 - 155)
                                            Chemical/Visual/Auditory  (for reproduction, etc.)

Nov. 17 - 20  ***EXAM 3, Internal Anatomy & Interactions, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014***
                          Social Behavior in Insects  6 (155 - 160), 7 (Overview)  
                                    In LAB:  Last chance to ask questions, get info/specimens  

Nov. 24              Social Behavior continued
                          
Thermoregulation/Voltinism      5 (126 - 130) COLLECTION DUE         

                        ***Thanksgiving Holiday, November 26 - 28, 2014***

Dec. 1             Seasonality and Diapause        4 (85 - 88)            
                             Catch up and Review for Final                                   

             FINAL (EXAM 4): Monday, December 8, 2014, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Withdrawal date is Monday, October 21, 2014.