Syllabus: BIOLOGY 1224 -- Entomology
Fall Semester 2013 -- 10:50 a.m. - 12:05 p.m., MW, Seq. 115.
Laboratory meets 8:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m., Wednesday, in Seq. 213.

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

Textbooks
: IDaly 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. 14                 Introduction to Course            1                             Collecting Requirements/ 
                              What is an insect/arthropod?   16 (319 - 323)        General Suggestions
                                                                                                            Killing Jars/Net use
Aug. 19 - 22         Why should we study insects?                               
                             General Biological Concepts                                    Pinning/Spreading
                             External Anatomy of Insects   2 (Overview)               Making Labels
                   
Aug. 26 - 29        Integument/Exoskeleton          3 (Overview; 51 - 56)      QUIZ 1  External Anatomy
                            Molting/Metamorphosis          3 (56 - 58); 4 (69 - 74)        FIELD TRIP 
                            Hexapods: more than one evolutionary origin?                (weather permitting)    

                            **Labor Day Holiday, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013***


Sept. 3 - 5             Overview of Insect Orders       16 (327 - 334)
                     The "Entognatha"; Non-insect Hexapods     18    QUIZ 2 (Molting/Metamorphosis)              
                             The Apterygotes                      19                      
                             Flight/Flight Mechanisms            5 (122 - 126); 16 (323 - 326)
                   
Sept. 9 - 12           The Ephemeroptera                 20                      QUIZ 3 ("Primitive" Orders)
                              The Odonata                          21                        Using Dichotomous Keys 
                              Orthopteroid Orders              22 - 31                 Work on Collection 

Sept. 16 - 19          Orthopteroid Orders (continued)                     Open lab; Students' Choice
                        ***EXAM 1, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013***           Review for test (?)

Sept. 23
- 26          Hemipteroid Orders            32 - 35                    First 25 Insects "Due"
                               
                                                                              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. 30 - Oct. 3   Neuropteroid Orders            36 - 38, 40
               
          
   Coleoptera                           39                       FIELD TRIP (weather
                             
QUIZ 4 (Hemipteroid/Neuropteroid Orders)             permitting)

Oct. 7 - 10           Finish Coleoptera                    39                    Work on Collection
                            Begin  Hymenoptera                41                  

                ***FALL BREAK, Monday, Oct. 14 -Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013***

Oct. 16 - 17         Hymenoptera                        41                                Keying Test         
                                   
                                        Next 25 insects "Due", Work on Collection
            
Oct. 21 - 24         Mecopteroid Orders             42 - 44, 46             Work on Collection
                           
Lepidoptera                          45 
                         Quiz 5  (Hymenoptera)

Oct. 28 - 31       ***EXAM 2, Chaps. 32 - 46, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013***
                     
    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 
                              

Nov. 4 - 7                Excretory System         5 (Overview, 113 - 117)             
                                Reproductive System   4 (Overview, 78 - 84)
                            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

Nov. 11 - 14 
     Plant-Insect Interactions              9                          Last 25 insects "due"        
                            Insect-insect interactions           10                            Identification Test
                            Insects and Microbes                11                                  (in lab)
                            Human Impact                          12 (Overview)                
                            Control of Insect populations:                          
                            Natural controls & Pest Management       13 (Overview)       

Nov. 18 - 21  ***EXAM 3, Internal Anatomy & Interactions, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013***
                            Behavior:  Communication     6 (148 - 155)           Last chance to ask questions,
                                    Chemical/Visual/Auditory  (for reproduction, etc.)       get info/specimens  

Nov. 25               Social Behavior in Insects  6 (155 - 160), 7 (Overview)  COLLECTION DUE         

                        ***Thanksgiving Holiday, November 27 - 29, 2013***

Dec. 2 - 4             Thermoregulation/Voltinism      5 (126 - 130)         QUIZ 7 (Communication)   
                             Seasonality and Diapause        4 (85 - 88)            Visit James Adams' Collection
                             Catch up and Review for Final                                    (Calhoun)?

             FINAL (EXAM 4): Monday, December 9, 2013, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Withdrawal date is Wednesday, October 24, 2013.