California Insect Diversity
|Prof. Philip S. Ward
|Wednesday 12:10-2:00 pm
in 381B Briggs Hall
|Thursday 12:10-2:00 pm
in 381 Briggs Hall
Tuesday, 1:10-2:00 pm, 158 Briggs Hall
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:10-5:00 pm, 158 Briggs Hall
April 13 (Sunday), April 26 (Saturday), May 3 (Saturday), May 10 (Saturday), and May 17 (Saturday)
* You are required to attend at least four of five field trips.
Important! Please read PDF file below.
Field trips, Collecting Equipment, Insect Collections, and Reports
Borror, D. J., C. A. Triplehorn & N. F. Johnson. 1989. An introduction to the study of insects. 6th Edition. Philadelphia: Saunders College Publishing, xiv + 875 pp.
Borror, D. J. & R. E. White. 1970. A field guide to insects of America north of Mexico. Peterson Field Guide Series No. 19. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, xi + 404 pp.
- Learn about the biological diversity and evolutionary history of major insect groups
- Conduct fieldwork in a variety of natural habitats in northern California, and learn to recognize insect communities associated with different habitats
- Acquire proficiency in insect identification, primarily to the family level
- Develop familiarity with insect collection and curation techniques
|Insect collection & report||300|
The midterm and final exam are essay exams.
The laboratory final is an open-book key-out exam using material from the teaching collection.
Insect collection - Each student is required to submit a collection of insects that are pinned, labeled and correctly identified, representing a minimum of 100 insect families. Accompanying your insect collection should be a field notebook in which you record your collecting activities. We will provide pins, insect boxes, and labels. However, if you wish to keep your collection you will need to obtain your own collection boxes by the end of the quarter. Nets and other collecting equipment are available at the UCD Bookstore, or can be ordered from BioQuip (www.bioquip.com).
Your insect collection will be evaluated on the basis of (1) quality of specimen preparation, (2) accuracy of identification, (3) diversity of insect families represented, and (4) legibility and comprehensiveness of your field notebook.
Field project report - In addition to making an insect collection each student is required to carry out a small field project, on some aspect of insect ecology, behavior or natural history. Ideally this should be an activity compatible with, and carried out at the same time as, the field collections. For example, you could focus on the insects associated with a particular plant species or habitat. Or examine behavioral interactions between specific insects and other organisms. Or you might wish to specialize on a particular taxonomic group of insects, and document their diversity at the morphospecies level at the different field sites visited. Aim for a concise 3-4 page report, organized as follows: Title, Introduction (including questions or hypotheses), Methods, Results (and Discussion), Conclusions.