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Intro to Entomology Study Guide One

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Intro to Entomology Study Guide One ENTO 2010

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Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE Entomology - The study of insects Jan 13  Malaria is the most important insect vectored disease in the world  Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, 1962*  Insect cells: very similar to human cells  Kingdom Animalia  Phylum Arthropoda* o Arthro = jointed / poda = foot  Exoskeleton made of chitin  Body composed of segments  Jointed appendages  Open circulatory system  Bilateral Symmetry  Sexual reproduction o Class Chilopoda  Chilo = lip / poda = foot  Centipedes, 3,000 species  One pair of legs per segment*  Predators*; eat small arthropods  Live in soil and humus o Class Diplopoda*  Diplo = two / poda = foot  Millipedes, 8,000 species  Two pair of legs per body segment*  Feed on decaying organic matter o Class Crustacea*  Crust = hard; shell-like  Lobsters, crabs, shrimps, 26,000 species  Branched appendages  Aquatic  Marine equivalent of insects o Class Arachnida*  Arachne = spider / 57,000 species  No antennae Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE  Two body segments  Terrestrial  Carnivorous o Class Insecta*  In = into / sect = cut  1,000,000 [named*] species  Three body segments* o Head, Thorax, Abdomen*  Six legs  Most adults have wings  Two antennae  Breathe through openings in body  Terrestrial or aquatic  Only invertebrates that can fly* Jan 15  Phylum: Arthropoda  Class: o Chilopoda- centipedes o Diplopoda- millipedes o Crustacea- lobsters, crabs, shrimp o Arachnida- spiders o Insecta- insects- 1,000,000 named species  DDT use in the 1940’s and 1950’s: o A new way to collect insects o Add DDT to gin -> happiness o A miracle chemical o Led to an “Era of Optimism” o Farmers: “when the chemicals came along… you had your crop”  Pesticide: a chemical used to kill pests  Insecticide: substance that kills insects  DDT: chlorinated hydrocarbon  Othmar Zeidler synthesized DDT in Germany o Ph. D 1874 Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE  Paul Muller discovered DDT in 1938  In 1942, DDT was sent by Swiss to US o Secret Army Lab was set up in Orlando, FL o Tested DDT against lice (which spread typhus) o US Army first used DDT in North Africa and Italy  Frank Mayo o Atlanta chemist during WWII o DDT Production was a military secret o Process was published in Germany o Where could he find the publication?  New technology right after WWII: pesticides, plastics, fertilizers  DDT saved millions of lives in WWII o First war where enemy killed more than disease o DDT was used to control typhus (spread by lice)  Massive growth of chemical industry Jan. 20 Silent Spring  Dedicated to Albert Schweitzer* “Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth.” -Albert  Entomologists [E] o Before 1950, E were “figures of fun” o After 1950, E worked for chemical companies o E started to see “side effects” o E evaluated “degrees of badness” o E at UGA and Velsicol made Goodbye, Mrs. Ant o E; “without DDT, insects would inherit the Earth.”  Ethical issues for E o Should UGA E work for chemical companies?  E may not get $ if he/she gets “wrong” result o Can E assess pesticide damage to environment?  SILENT SPRING by RACHEL CARSON o Bill of Rights should protect us o Powerful pesticide industry fought her Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE o Government withheld information o Frequent cover-up of wildlife damage o Most insects controlled by other insects o “You can’t eradicate an insect with a chemical” o Dieldrin on fire ants in Georgia  Everything had died: “no effect” o Toxic chemical in the grocery store  Rachel Carson lived during the Depression o → 1932 M.A in Marine Biology at John Hopkins* o → 1936 US. Bureau of Fisheries* o → 1962 Silent Spring was published  One of the most important books ever published  Silent Spring’s impact due to Carson’s eloquence Jan. 22  In 1964: Ruth Harrison* wrote: Animal Machines*, Foreword by Rachel Carson  Silent Spring o Carson wrote with “emotionality” o Velsicol tried to stop the publication o JFK & Udall became “aware” o SS became best seller o Industry: “SS full of errors” o Jukes: “No pesticide residues in foods”  Sales Soared o Within 1 year, pesticide bills introduced in 40 states o CBS TV interview o Opposition: Dr. Robert White-Stevens o What is “The Balance of Nature?” o U.S. Senate hearing  “The modern scientists believe that man is steadily controlling nature.” Robert W-S  “The balance of nature is built of a series of interrelationships between living things and between living things and their environment.” Rachel Carson  Victor Yannacone* of the Environmental Defense Fund Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE o Led the fight against DDT use  Hearings held in Wisconsin 1968-1969; if DDT is so bad, why doesn’t it make people sick?  Turning point: DDT present in Human Breast Milk! DDT use was banned  1962 Silent Spring was published*  1970 Environmental Protection Agency established*  1972 DDT banned by EPA*  Silent Spring o Carson did not want to ban pesticides o Carson was a revolutionary o She made us aware of the environment Jan. 25  DDT was very cheap and very stable  DDT interferes with nervous system  DDT is fat-soluble*  DDT causes reduced calcium in bird eggs*  DDT was banned in US in 1972*  DDT production in US continued for many years  DDT is still used in many parts of the world  DDT BIOMAGNIFICATION* o DDT is trapped in animal fat o As DDT travels up the Food Chain, the concentration increases  Pesticides in US o Farmers use 75% o Govt and industry use 10% o Homeowners use 10% o Forestry uses 1%  Pesticides for sale in US o 25,000 products o 750 active ingredients  Pesticides (P): o P contaminate groundwater o P persist in deep soil because low O2 and few bacteria Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE o Most P untested for cancer [C] o C tests are for one P, but most crops get several P  Pesticides (P) and Cancer [C] o Farmers are at higher risk- especially migrant workers o Does long-term exposure cause C? o Most P has not been tested for C o Synergistic [Two or more P may act together to be worse than one P] o David Pimentel, Department of Entomology, Cornell University*  Each year $4 billion is spent in US to apply pesticides  Increased yield from this expense = $16 billion  Pimentel: o Pesticide applications seem to yield $12 billion profit, however hidden environmental and social cost may be $8 billion o Less than .1% of pesticides applied to crops reach target pest*  1994: UGA student suffers from pesticide spraying in her dorm  1996: She works in Georgia legislature and this leads to new state law: “State buildings must post notice when pesticides are sprayed” Jan. 27  EPA and pesticides o We must “trust” pesticide industry o “old chemicals” protected o Many old pesticides may cause cancer  Migrant workers are often exposed to very high levels of pesticides  Pesticide Treadmill o Insects becomes resistant to pesticide o Must apply greater amount of chemicals to kill pest insects o Then apply more toxic pesticides  Pesticides and children o Pesticide levels are 5 times too high o Developing bodies are more susceptible o Residue levels calculated for adults o Balance health v. profit Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE  The US spends a lot less money on their food than people in any other countries do  Human sex hormones and pesticides o “Every man in this room is half the man…  Some pesticides mimic human sex hormones  Human Sex Hormones and Pesticides o 2010 Sperm count ½ 1950 o 2010 Testicular Cancer 3 times 1950  Theo Colborn 1996 – Danger of Environmental Estrogens  Man-Made Chemicals [C] (including pesticides) in the environment mimic estrogenic hormones (H)  In the body, H interact with a receptor in a lock and key fashion  C fits into receptor site and acts like H  C blocks H action and affects H metabolism  Florida: Lake Apopka o Major DDT spill in 1980 o Decline in number of alligators (A) o 75% A eggs are dead o 25% male (M) have a small dick o Many M turtles are “intersex”  Estrogens are added to shampoo and skin creams o Girls around the world are reaching puberty at an earlier age  DES = a synthetic estrogen o From 1940-1970, DES was given to 5 million pregnant women to reduce miscarriages o DES was given to girls who were “too tall”, had acne, and to stop flow of mother’s breast milk o DES given to chickens and cows to promote growth o 1971: Women whose mothers took DES are much more likely to develop vaginal cancer o DES effect takes place 20 years later Jan. 29 ← we don’t need to know anything from this day?  Thalidomide [T] was given to pregnant women to combat morning sickness Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE  In 1962, T shown to cause birth defects  Placenta does not protect fetus from chemicals  T is now used to treat leprosy  Caitan is probably carcinogenic  Applied to Florida strawberries  Canada has set lower tolerance levels  C still provides economic benefit to farmers  Silent Springs o Chapter 17: The Other Road o Robert Frost o “Road less traveled by” = use biological control, instead of chemical pesticides  IPM “integrated pest management” o Know the pest o Judicious use of pesticides o Host plant resistance o Biological control  Know the Pest o Life cycle of insect o How does the pest reproduce? o When is the pest a problem? o Which stage of the insect is most susceptible? o Attack the pest when it is most vulnerable  Judicious Use of Pesticides o Apply pesticides when pest is present and vulnerable o Use of “scouts” or pheromone traps to monitor pest o Monitor environmental conditions o Use of ultra low volume sprayers  Host Plant Resistance o Breeding programs o Introduction of resistance by crossing with “new” varieties  Chemical  Physical Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE  Introduction of resistance by recombinant DNA technology  Designer genes  Monsanto: B.t. Cotton  Leaves of “wild” insect-resistant potato plants [PP] from South America have two kinds of hairs [H] o Sticky H trap aphids [A] o H make “alarm pheromone” that deters A o Goal: Breed these traits into domestic PP  Split-Screen video o B.T. gene was put into soybean o The caterpillar on the leaf with B.t. keeps moving and does not feed  For the last 50 years, seed companies did not bother to have insect resistance in their crop varieties (because they would recommend a chemical pesticide)  Now they want Host Plant Resistance  Most of our crop plants are not native to US  Search for resistance ® in native country  Breed R traits into high-yield varieties  Ethical Issue rd o Seed companies take genes from plants in 3 world countries o Produce insect-resistant plants o Should company share the profits?  Biological Control o Sterilization o Beneficial insects o Bacteria that attack insects  Bacillus thuringiensis B.t.  Viruses that attack insects Feb. 1  Sterilization o Pest insects  Rear in lab  Sterilize Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE  Release  Insects mate in field  No progeny  Problem: Most insects hard to rear in lab  Beneficial Insects o Parasitoids  Parasitic wasps  Parasitic flies o Predators  Praying mantis  Dragonflies  Paper wasps  Spiders  Parasitoid o Insect whose larvae consume their host  Predator o An animal that kills and eats animals  External Parasitoid o Female wasp [FW] paralyzes caterpillar [C] with venom o FW lays eggs on outside of C o Larvae hatch and feed on C o FW determines sex of her young*  Fertilized egg -> female*  Unfertilized egg -> male*  Internal Parasitoid o Female adult wasp lays eggs inside caterpillar [C] o Wasp larvae hatch and eat C from inside, but don’t damage internal C organs* o Larvae ooze out of host and spin cocoon  Bacillus Thuringiensis B.t. (bacterium) o There are several varieties o Each variety is specific for one group of insects o Bacteria produce toxic protein which kills insect o B.t. protein is not toxic to higher animals Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE o Current use: Gypsy moth in N. Georgia  B.t. o B.t. must be eaten o Toxin destroys the insect stomach o B.t. is NOT slow acting o New strains are being sought  Bacillus  B.t. attacks insects  Anthrax is also a Bacillus bacterium*  Viruses [V] that attack insects o V are very specific: only a few insect species are attacked by each type of V o V have no effect on higher animals o V multiply in great quantities in host insect o V act too slowly. Pest insect lives for several days after eating V*  UGA and American Cyanamid o Mite [M] Toxin [T] is insect-specific o Insert gene for M T into virus DNA o PEST INSECT DIES VERY QUICKLY* o Virus still has narrow host range o No effect on humans or other animals o Also use T from scorpions and spiders Feb. 3  Biological classification: arrangement of living organisms into categories  Taxonomy: classifying organisms into categories  Carolus Linnaeus – Swedish naturalist – 1753 o Responsible for Linnaean binomial system  Genus species  Phylum* – Arthropoda  Class* – Insecta  Order* – Diptera  Family – Muscidae  Genus – Musca Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE  Species – Domestica  Species: organisms that closely resemble one another and can produce fertile offspring  Scientific name: Genus species Musca domestica  Common name: house fly  Ten reasons why insects are so successful + = positive and - = negative o Hard Exoskeleton [E]  E provides protection +  Muscles attach to E +  E limits water loss +  When insect grows it must molt - o Jointed Appendages [A]  A on head used for feeding  A on Thorax used for locomotion  A on Abdomen used for reproduction  Jointed A allow for specialization o Wings  Escape from predators  Find food  Find a mate o Small Size  Can hide or escape from predator. Light enough to be blown by wind +  Large surface-volume ratio. Water evaporates quickly. -  Metamorphosis* o Incomplete Metamorphosis* (13% of insect species) Egg - Nymph - Adult o Complete Metamorphosis* (87% of insect species) Egg - Larva - Pupa - Adult-Nymph or Larva may occupy different habitat that adult +  Escape from Adverse Conditions o Migration o Diapause [D]  D = period of arrested development  D in Fall is triggered by short days  Caterpillar increases weight 3000X Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE  Butterfly (B) wings (W): great color diversity o Bright W warn predators (P) o W may provide camouflage o Random flight of B protects it from P Feb. 5 Methods of Reproduction  Sexual= provides genetic variation  Parthenogenesis= Reproduction without mating Solve the Water Problem a.) extract water from host sugar C6H12O6+6O2=> 6CO2+6H20+ENERGY b.) Limit water evaporation  Cuticular Lipids- Prevent dehyrdation c.) Limit Water excretion  Most insects excrete waste through uric acid Insect Walking  Six legs are used with two tripods Insect Wings  Advanced insect wings fold=> easier to escape from predators  Primitive insect wings do not fold Insect Cuticle  Chitin= Amino acid polymer=> major component of cuticle Open Circulatory System  Hemolymph= insect blood=> distribute hormones and nutrients Pheromones  Pheromones- chemical produced by an animal that affects another animal of the same species The 4 Insect Pheromones 1. Sex- find mate 2. Alarm- warn others of danger(bees, wasps) 3. Aggregation- attract others to food(bark beetles) Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE 4. Trail- follow leaders to find food(ants,termites) Gypsy Moth  Use pheromones to find mate  Male Gypsy moth can find female from up to 5 miles away Biological Control  Saturation of pheromones in forest  Effective control of Gypsy moth reproduction b/c male moth cannot find female  Few pheromones have been discovered Feb. 8  Insect chemical ecology - The relationship between a chemical, an insect, and the insect’s environment  Thomas Eisner – Department of Entomology – Cornell University*  A black beetle is attacked by ants  Bombardier beetle [BB] is not attacked*  BB sprays toxic chemical from abdomen [A]  Mouse kills BB; forces end of A into soil Bombardier Beetle*  Chemical reaction takes place in special gland in the abdomen  Reaction produces: Quinones* + Heat + Oxygen + Noise  The toxic spray can be aimed  Bombardier Beetle = Quinones Bolas Spider*  Spider spins a silk strand with sticky ball on end  Throws ball at prey and then reels it in  Catches moths of only one species*  All moths are males*  Spiders emits smell = female moth sex pheromone  Male moth is attracted to spider and caught Use GC/MS to identify insect chemicals* → GC/MS = gas chromatography/mass spectrometry* Many insects produce (or sequester) toxic chemicals for defense Aposematic: bright coloration warns potential predators of chemical defense* Monarch Butterfly Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE o Larvae feed on milk weed o Sequester toxic alkaloids o Larvae and adults are aposematic o Protected from predators  Caterpillar [C] eats toxic plant  C and adult moth [M] are Aposematic [A]  Spider [S] rejects toxic M  S accepts “lab M’ with no toxin  Birds learn to avoid A M*  S do not learn to avoid A M*  Male M [MM] gives toxin to female M [FM]  FM selects most toxic MM Eisner: “We should form a global alliance to protect the environment”* Feb. 10  Insect Ecology o The relationship between insects and their environment  Grizzly Bear Habitat o Bears and people compete for space o Bears have become a danger o Bears need to find “old” food sources  Mutualism: relationship between two species that benefits both parties  Symbiosis: intimate relationship between two species, usually involving coevolution  Coevolution: occurrence of genetically determined traits in two species selected by the mutual interactions controlled by these traits  Dan Janzen in Costa Rica  Ants [A] live in Acacia tree [T]  A and T have mutualistic relationship  A provide: protects T from leaf-eating insects  T provides: o A live in the thorns o A eat sugar from glands at leaf base o A eat Beltian bodies [rich in fat] from leaf tip Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE o Beltian bodies are produced by the Acacia tree but eaten by the ants  Other interactions on the ANT – Acacia  Beetle protected with thick cuticle  2 wasp species protect each other (mutualism)  Bird nest; ants attack for a while  In trees with no wasps  Monkey attacks bird nests  Monkey spreads plant seeds Environmental Concern:  Threat to Monarch Butterflies [M]  M larvae fed milkweed with pollen from B.t. – Corn die. [lab study]  Pollen may blow from B.t. –Corn to nearby plants and cause death of M  Field studies show pollen does not go far Mistletoe Butterfly  Lays eggs on mistletoe (M)`  Larvae eat M leaves  M is a parasite of eucalyptus  Mistletoe birds feed on M berries  Birds defecate M seeds ONTO eucalyptus branch  M seeds germinate on eucalyptus Feb. 12  Biodiversity o Humans have disproportionate impact on all other species o Species loss is greater than ever before o Deforestation = 27 million acres/year o Research should use biodiversity to increase food production and yield new medicines  E.O. Wilson o Harvard University, 1992 o The Diversity of Life  Named species of plants and animals: 1.82 million*  1 million insects have been subscribed*  Biodiversity Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE o Bird species in New Guinea  Museum collection says 125  Natives say 124  Birds species are distinct o Ant species in New Guinea  Museum collection says 95  Natives say 1  An ant is an ant  There is greater biodiversity in the tropics. From one tree in Peru: 43 species of ants  Equal to the number of all ant species in the UK  Forest Canopy [FC] o Many of the unknown species of insects are in the FC o Get into the FC with ropes, cranes, and walkways  How many insect species are there?  Terry Erwin focused on beetles*  Smithsonian Institute o Washington, DC  ESTIMATE: Arthropod Tropical Biodiversity o Look at 1 tree species in Panama o Fog Tree with pesticide o Found 1,200 beetle species o 163 are host-specific* o There are 50,000 tropical trees* o There are 8,000,000 beetles* o Beetles = 40% arthropod, therefore total = 20,000,000* o Ground-dwelling = 10,000,000*  Total Tropical Arthropods = 30,000,000*  There are between 10-30 million insect species on earth**  E.O. Wilson → The Theory of Island Biogeography o Loss of Biodiversity [B] due to habitat destruction* o Species loss: Dinosaur age = 1/1000 years … Today = 1/day** o Food plants have lost B*  1970 corn blight in US → $5 billion in damage! Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE Feb. 15  Order: Isoptera o Iso = equal o Ptera = wings o Common name = termites o Species = 2,230 Termites  Incomplete metamorphosis  Highly social  Castle system (social class)  Symbiosis with protozoa or fungi to degrade the cellulose in wood*  Reproductives have wings  Beneficial: recycle nutrients  Pest: destroy wood structures  Social insects have guests  T are related to cockroaches*  T architecture is free form  T architecture is adjusted to environment  T use saliva as cement  Termite Castes: o Soldiers o Workers o King o Queen Termite (T) Mound:  Royal cell contains queen, king, and workers  T fee each other and exchange chemical messages  Eggs are taken to nursery where nymphs are reared  T keep fungus garden to break down cellulose  T keep mound cool by water evaporation  Termites have the largest colonies of all social insects* Traits of Social Insects*  Reproductive division of labor Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE  Cooperative care of young  Overlap in generations Termites [T]  T build and tend fungus gardens  T adults; only reproductives have wings  T fly off, meet a mate and break off wings  T female and male start a new colony  T have many kinds of predators Termites follow trail pheromone (TP) TP is present in ink of some pens Termites (T) in Kenya  Men own the T mounds  Kenyans collect, process and eat winged adult T  T are 40% fat and 40% protein  Termes = the end Feb. 17th  Order: Ephemeroptera o ephemera - short lived o ptera - wings o Common name: Mayflies  Mayflies 1. Incomplete metamorphosis 2. Eggs laid in water 3. Nymphs breathe with gills 4. Nymphs feed on plants 5. Nymphs live 1 to 3 years 6. Adults emerge at same time 7. Adults do not feed 8. Adults have 2 pair wings 9. Adults have 2 to 3 tails 10. Adults mate & die in 1 to 2 days Know differences between adult and nymphs for multiple choice questions on the exam Intro to Entomology Study Guide: EXAM ONE  Taxonomy - Naming and arranging of species and groups into a system of classification  Lumpers - have fewer orders  Splitters - have more orders  Approximately 26 insect orders  Key insects to Order & Family 1. Use Adult Insects 2. Use Couplets or Triplets (normally we use these)  Key to Insect Orders 1. Without wings at all stages...2 2. Without wings at certain stages...10 3. Always with wings as adults...12  12(1) With one pair of wings = Diptera  With two pair of wings...13  Process repeats until you find your species  Mayflies 1. Mayflies have a good sense of timing 2. Mayfly nymphs live 1-3 years 3. Mayfly adults live 1-2 days  Fisherpeople - use lures that mimic insects present in the stream  Fisherpeople use Mayflies as lures: 1. Mayfly nymph has gills and tails 2. Emerging mayfly adult is vulnerable 3. Fisherpeople match the mayfly “hatch” 4. Fisherpeople observe behavior of fish  Use aquatic insects to monitor water quality: 1. If water is clean, there are many kinds of insects 2. Insects are sensitive to oxygen levels & water acidity  Insects that walk on water o Springtails have tail under body o Water measurer has piercing/sucking mouthparts


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