Field Biology-Fall 2011
Dr. Jerry Skinner; Capwell Hall 211; phone: 945-8404;
||Eaton, E. and
K. Kaufman. 2007.
Field Guide to Insects of North America. Houghton-Mifflin. NY. 383 pp. ISBN
Gibb, T. and C. Oseto.
2006. Arthropod Collection & Identification: Laboratory &
Field Techniques. Elsevier: Boston. ISBN
first half of the semester; Monday 2-4 pm in Capwell 202; occasional
trips may take place at other arranged times.
When this course is complete, you
familiar with the insects of Pennsylvania and specifically with
those found in our
familiarity with the life cycles of insects.
be functional with
be able to prepare and curate an
insect collection for taxonomic purposes.
collect data in an acceptable format.
Assignment for next class
||Hurricane Day! Class cancelled.
||Read Kaufman Field Guide pp. 1-19 and Gibb & Oseto Ch. 1
||Introduction; overview of
insects; capture techniques.
Sugaring for Moths
||Curation of specimens;
overview of selected orders; local field trip.
Monarch Life History
||Monarch life history
and tagging. Sugaring for moths tonight.
||5 specimens due; First life history
||Local field trip; aquatic insects.
||5 specimens due; Second life history
||Columbus Day holiday-no
||Local field trip.
||5 specimens due.
TRIPS: Come prepared to be
outside for the entire class..
Guidelines for Assignments
Specimens/Photos: you will submit 20 properly identified
and documented specimens for grading. You have the choice of submitting
either properly preserved and curated specimens or photographs.
If you choose to submit photos, they must be crisp, of good quality,
clearly showing the characteristics necessary for identification, in
JPEG format, and no larger than 1 mb in size. Photos may be
emailed. If you have a new county record and submit it to the
Heritage Program you will receive a 5 pt bonus.
History Accounts: you will describe the natural history of
two species from different orders. This will include common
name, scientific name, habitat, range, status (abundant?
endangered?), photo(s) showing dimorphism if present, flight dates
(if known: most applicable to PA), special aspects (e.g., migratory?).
For lepidoptera: larval and adult food sources. Under no
circumstances will this exceed two pages. The first one must
describe one of the species you have already collected.
|Quizzes (2 @ 10 pts)
(20 @ 5pts)
|Life histories of two
species @10 pts
90 - 92.9
87 - 89.9
83 - 86.9
80 - 82.9
77 - 79.9
73 - 76.9
70 - 72.9
67 - 69.9
60 - 66.9
less than 60
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Keystone College offers tutoring assistance for many of
North American Insects and Spiders
Caterpillars of Eastern Forests
Atlas of Pennsylvania Butterflies
Pennsylvania County Checklists of Odonates:
PA Natural Heritage Program:
Plecoptera of Pennsylvania (Stoneflies)
Stoneflies of Pennsylvania
Stoneflies of PA
Trichoptera of Pennsylvania (Caddisflies)
Key to Trichoptera of Pennsylvania
Ephemeroptera of Pennsylvania (Mayflies)
Mayflies of the US/Pennsylvania
images, & information for insects, spiders & their kin for the United
States & Canada
and Moths of North America
Additional Useful Identification
Brunelle, P. M. and P. G. deMaynadier.
2005. The Maine Damselfly and Dragonfly Survey: A Final Report. Maine
Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Bangor, Me. Available as a
free pdf file at - http://mdds.umf.maine.edu/MDDS%20Final%20Report%20Page.htm
Dubois, B. 2005. Damselflies of the
North Woods. North Woods Naturalist Series. Kollath-Stensaas Publ.
Duluth. ISBN 0-9673793-7-7 ($18.95)
Glotzhober, R. C. and D. McShaffrey (eds).
2002. The Dragonflies and Damselflies of Ohio. Ohio Biological Survey
Bulletin New Series Vol 14 (2). ISBN 0-86727-145-0 available at
Lam, E. 2004. Damselflies of the
Northeast. Biodiversity Books, Forest Hills, N.Y. ISBN 0-9754015-0-5
(order from website - $22 – allow 3 weeks for delivery)
Mead, K. 2003. Dragonflies of the
North Woods. North Woods Naturalist Series. Kollath-Stensaas Publ.
Duluth. ISBN 0-9673793-6-9 ($18.95)
Nikula, B, J. L. Loose, and M. R.
Burne. 2003. A Field Guide to Dragonflies and Damselflies of
Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program. Mass.
Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. Boston, MA. Massachusetts Natural
Heritage Program. http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/nhesp/nhpubs.htm
(scroll down for order form - $20 – allow 3 weeks for delivery)
Technical Reference Texts
(most are expensive, some are out of print, but many are available from
Corbet, P. S. 1999. Dragonflies:
Behavior and Ecology of Odonata. Cornell University Press. ISBN
Needham, J. G., M. J. Westfall and
May. 2000. Dragonflies of North America. Scientific Publishers,
Gainesville, Florida. ISBN 0945417942 ($160)
*Walker, E. M. 1953. The Odonata of
Canada and Alaska: vol. 1: part I: general. part II: The zygoptera -
damselflies. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Ontario. (out of
*Walker, E. M. 1958. The Odonata of
Canada and Alaska: vol. 2: part III: The anisoptera - four families.
University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Ontario. ISBN 0-8020-7076-0. (out of
*Walker, E. M. and P. S. Corbet. 1978.
The Odonata of Canada and Alaska: vol.3: part III: The anisoptera - three
families. Edition 2. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Ontario. ISBN
0-8020-5321-1. 308 p. (out of print)
*all three volumes available as high
resolution scans for $160 from http://www.ontarioinsects.org/publications.htm
Westfall, M. J. and M. L. May. 1996.
Damselflies of North America. Scientific Publishers, Gainesville, Florida.
ISBN 0-945417-93-4. (out of print)
Westfall, M. J. and M. L. May. 2006.
Damselflies of North America – Revised edition. Scientific Publishers,
Gainesville, Florida. ISBN 0-945417-97-7. ($104)