ENV BIOL 3024 - Insect Identification and Taxonomy III

North Terrace Campus - Summer - 2014

This course takes an evolutionary approach to examining insect diversification, the most species-rich component of terrestrial ecosystems. It covers various aspects of insect systematics and evolution, including the integration of morphology, life history, behaviour and ecology. After a brief review covering the internal anatomy of insects and the processes involved in metamorphosis, excretion and reproduction, a number of specific topics will be explored in more detail, including: morphological and biological characteristics of the major insect orders; life histories of selected pest and beneficial species; sociality; sound production methods and functions; feeding mechanisms; adaptations and biology of vertebrate ectoparasites; insects as disease vectors of plants and animals; mimicry and defensive adaptations; parasitism. The practical component will examine collecting techniques, identification of adult insects to family level, identification of immature stages and feeding damage. A requirement of the course is the presentation of a well-curated insect collection.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ENV BIOL 3024
    Course Insect Identification and Taxonomy III
    Coordinating Unit School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
    Term Summer
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Online
    Incompatible ENV BIOL 3011
    Assumed Knowledge Equivalent of level 1 & 2 Biology
    Restrictions Available to Non University of Adelaide students only
    Course Description This course takes an evolutionary approach to examining insect diversification, the most species-rich component of terrestrial ecosystems. It covers various aspects of insect systematics and evolution, including the integration of morphology, life history, behaviour and ecology. After a brief review covering the internal anatomy of insects and the processes involved in metamorphosis, excretion and reproduction, a number of specific topics will be explored in more detail, including: morphological and biological characteristics of the major insect orders; life histories of selected pest and beneficial species; sociality; sound production methods and functions; feeding mechanisms; adaptations and biology of vertebrate ectoparasites; insects as disease vectors of plants and animals; mimicry and defensive adaptations; parasitism.
    The practical component will examine collecting techniques, identification of adult insects to family level, identification of immature stages and feeding damage. A requirement of the course is the presentation of a well-curated insect collection.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr John Jennings

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    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

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