Application of Basic Principles
Understand basic principles of morphology and systematics and apply these principles to your own knowledge of insects.
Judge genetic relationships. Be able to recall current hypotheses of insect phylogeny at the ordinal level and have the tools needed to judge validity of new hypotheses of phylogeny that might be proposed. You will also study carefully the modifications associated with phylogenies that led to insect diversification and success.
Knowledge of Morphology and Anatomy
Understand details of insect morphology, and be well versed in both internal and external body structures.
Identify by Sight
Recognize common insect families and be able to quickly identify them on sight.
Wonder, Perspective, and Appreciation
Gain or regain a sense of wonder for the natural world, especially as it relates to insects and other arthropods. Gain perspectives of the diversity and complexity in the insect world. Enhance your appreciation for the natural world we share with them.
Learn life histories and specific collecting techniques for insects in their own habitats. You will learn how they fit in the natural world.
Identify using keys
Learn the protocols for detailed identificiations. Many insects will be totally new in appearance to you. You will use identification guides and illustrations to help you decide what the name of an insect is at the Order and Family levels.
Develop personal identification skills
Use a variety of identification techniques to correctly identify insects and other arthropods. Throughout your life you will be asked by employers, friends, and family to answer the question, "What is this?" This course will give you these exact skills. A correct identification is a beginning step to learning more about a species and its relationships to the natural world and its pragmatic relationship to humans.