This Fall 2015, BIO 386 General Entomology will be offered with the course lab sections utilizing the Natural History Collections spaces at the Alameda Building. The course provides a thorough, interactive, hands-on introduction to the fascinating and immensely important diversity and biology of insects, covering topics from insect morphology to pollination to conservation, and much more. Seats remain open for enrollment. Photos from prior courses are here. A student perspective:
The video below provides an introduction to the course lab facility.
A New Home for the ASU Natural History Collections from Arizona State University on Vimeo.
During the early night hours of Friday, September 19, we had our third collecting trip for this Fall period to the always interesting and productive Coon Bluff Campground, located along the Salt River of the Tonto National Forest. In addition to abundant and diverse moths, we collected a number of antlion species (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae) and large to minute beetles flying to the mercury and ultraviolet lights. Recent rains (10 days prior) must have flooded the usually loose and powdery soil which this year appeared solid and compacted. Not many darkling beetles were present, and scarabs were also less frequent than in previous years.
The proper way to record the locality information is “USA: AZ: Maricopa Co.; Tonto NF, Coon Bluff; 33.547349, -111.644989; general coll. & at Hg/UV lights; leg. N. Franz [replace with your name], IX-19-2014″. Photos of the trip are posted here.
On Saturday, September 06, the Entomology 2014 group had its second (morning) collecting trip to the picturesque First Water Trailhead, Superstition Mountains. In spite of a generally wet summer in Central Arizona, First Water appeared dry and insect abundance was comparatively low. It was hot and sunny, with nowhere to escape from the conditions. Nevertheless we collected a range of aquatic and terrestrial insects, including Belostomatidae (giant water bugs) and Nepidae (water scorpions). See more photos here.
The proper way to record the locality information is: USA: AZ: Pinal Co.; First Water Trailhead (FR 78) at Hwy 88; 33.487098, -111.441984; general coll. & aquatic net; leg. N. Franz [replace with your name], IX-06-2014.
The Entomology 2014 collecting season has officially started with a first field trip during the night of Friday, August 29, to Mesquite Wash. We have had a wet summer and this was seemingly reflected in the high abundance of insect collecting on the ground, on plants, and at Hg & UV lights. There was no shortage of beetles, flies, moths, and many other insects. See more photos here.
The proper way to record the locality information is: USA: AZ: Maricopa Co.; Bee Line Highway (Rte. 87), Mesquite Wash; 33.731031, -111.514748; general coll. & Hg/UV lights; leg. N. Franz [replace with your name], VIII-29-2014.
Insects are incredibly diverse, fascinating, and relevant to basic and applied biological research and human society. This introductory course provides a broad and engaging overview of insect biology. Optional fields trips are offered in and around Phoenix, and lab sections focus on learning hands-on skills in insect preparation and identification.
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• 4 credits (Pre-Requisites BIO 181/2 or BIO 281/2)
• Lectures Monday & Wednesday, 9:00 am – 10:15 am
• Lab sections available Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (afternoons)
• Instructor Nico Franz (main lab office: LSA 129)
• Contact nico.franz @ asu.edu
• Website http://taxonbytes.org/