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Intro to Entomology; WEEK 1

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Intro to Entomology; WEEK 1 ENTO 2010

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Intro to Entomology [ENTO 2010] Spring 2016  Entomology is the study of insects.  Interesting Fact: Insect cells are quite similar to human cells.  Kingdom: Animalia   Phylum: Arthropoda  Class: Insecta  Phylum: Arthropoda  artho = jointed  poda = foot  Exoskeleton made of chitin.  Body composed of segments.  Have jointed appendages.  Have an open circulatory system  Have bilateral symmetry.  Most carry out sexual reproduction.  Class: Chilopoda   (NOT Insects)  chilo = lip  poda = foot  Common Name:  centipede   (3,000 species)  One pair of legs per body segment.  Carnivorous; predators feed on smaller arthropods.  Live in soil and humus.   Additional Facts: Centipedes have venom at the front of their bodies. Also,  the front and back of their bodies look similar to confuse other predators.   Class: Diplopoda   (NOT Insects)  diplo = two  poda = foot  Common Name: millipede   (8,000 species)  Two pairs of legs per body segment.  They feed on decaying organic matter  Live in similar habitats to centipedes.  Class: Crustacea   (NOT Insects)  crust = hard; shell­like  Common Names:  lobster, crab, shrimp   (26,000 species)  Have branched appendages.  Have aquatic habitats.  They are considered the marine equivalent of insects; “water insects”  Class: Arachnida   (NOT Insects)  arachne = spider  Common Name:  spider   (57,000 species)  Have no antennae. Intro to Entomology [ENTO 2010] Spring 2016  Have two body segments.  They are terrestrial.   They are carnivorous.  Class: Insecta  in = into  sect = cut  Common Names:  insect   (1,000,000 known species)  Have three body segments: Head, Thorax, Abdomen  Have six legs.  Most adults have wings.   Have two antennae.  They breathe through openings in body.  Can be either terrestrial or aquatic.   Interesting Fact: They are the only invertebrates that can fly.     The notion of Insects as our Enemies:   The Beginning     DDT use in the 1940s and 1950s  DDT = chlorinated hydrocarbon  Pesticide = a chemical/substance used to kill pests  Insecticide = a substance that kills insects  Seen as a new way to collect insects.  Began killing insects in huge numbers.  Started adding DDT to gin which gave drinkers a “happy” feeling.  Name of the drink: “Mickey Slim”  DDT was considered a miracle chemical.  DDT was developed for bodily usage due to increasing outbreaks of disease,  particularly typhus spread by fleas.  Public was informed that DDT will have no harm on their crops and bodies.  DDT led to an “Era of Optimism,” in which everyone felt that things were  getting better especially for crop yields.  Farmers benefited from the use of DDT.  1874 – Dr. Othmar Zeidler synthesized DDT in Germany.   1938 – Paul Muller “discovered” DDT in Switzerland.  He saw that DDT affects insects and efficiently kills them.  He gave this info to England, France, and United States when WW II broke out.  He eventually won the Nobel Prize of Medicine.  1942 – DDT was sent by Swiss scientists to the U.S.  The Secret Army Lab was set up in Orlando, Fl.  DDT was tested against lice, which also spread typhus.  U.S. Army first used DDT in North Africa and Italy. Intro to Entomology [ENTO 2010] Spring 2016  Frank Mayo  Atlanta chemist during WW II  DDT production was a military secret.  Process was published in Germany.  New technology after WW II develops pesticides, plastics, fertilizers, etc.  DDT saved millions of lives in WW II   First war in which enemy nations killed more people than disease.  DDT was used to control typhus spread by lice.   DDT caused the massive growth of the chemical industry  Negative environmental consequences arose  DDT kills birds as well as fish in rivers and streams.  Wildlife is devastated.  Entomologists   Before 1950, they were “figures of fun;” not taken seriously.  After 1950, they worked for chemical companies.  Several entomologists given grants to find ways to stop insect growth.  Entomologists started to see adverse “side effects” to other organisms.  Birds, fish, livestock dying… etc.  Entomologists evaluated “degrees of badness.”  They were asked to assess how bad the effects were.  However, the effects on the insects were so highly favored by companies and  entomologists’ funds were being threatened that they did not stop the use of  DDT.  Entomologists at the University of Georgia and the company Velsicol made  Goodbye, Mrs. Ant.  a 1950s film promoting pesticide usage  Entomologists declare that “without DDT, insects would inherit the Earth.”  a feeling that insects would overrun the Earth without human intervention  Ethical Issues of Entomologists  Should UGA entomologists work for chemical companies?  Entomologists may not get money if s/he gets “wrong” results.  Can entomologists assess pesticide damage to environment?  Putting into question if they are qualified enough to determine potential risks to others such as pregnant women, children, animals, etc.  Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring  She entitled her book Silent Spring to depict spring seasons without birds singing.  Dedicated the book to Albert Schweitzer who said, “Man has lost the capacity to  foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the Earth.”   Rachel Carson Intro to Entomology [ENTO 2010] Spring 2016  She believed that the Bill of Rights should protect us from the abuse of pesticides.  Powerful pesticide industry fought her.  They were concerned about lack of funding for furthering use and research.  Government withheld information to citizens.  Constantly downgrading the biological negative effects   Believed the public was not educated enough to comprehend the negative  consequences of these chemicals.  Any information that spoke out against pesticide use was labeled as false and  “misleading.”   Frequent cover­up of wildlife damage  Silent Spring  Most insects controlled by other insects.  Most insects are actually beneficial.  “You can’t eradicate an insect with a chemical.”  Not very easy to do especially without harming the rest of the environment.  Dieldrin on fire ants in Georgia.  Dieldrin is 40X more toxic than DDT  Everything in farmlands is dying, yet chemists are professing that there are  no harmful effects.  Toxic chemicals in the grocery store  Essentially no controls were established, so general public could purchase  these chemicals.  Rachel Carson: Life & Achievements Age  1907 – Born in Springdale, PA  1929 – Received her B.A. at Pennsylvania College  22  1932 – Received her M.A. in Marine Biology at John Hopkins  25  1933 – Taught at University of Maryland  26  1936 – Worked at the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries  29  1941 – Published Under the Sea  34  1951 – Published The Sea Around Us  44  1955 – Published The Edge of the Sea  48  1960 – Cancerous tumor removed  53  1962 – Published Silent Spring  55  1964 – Dies of Breast Cancer  57  1980 – Jimmy Carter awards her the Medal of Freedom  In 1964, Ruth Harrison wrote Animal Machines with a forward by Rachel Carson.  Silent Spring –cont.  Carson wrote with emotion.  Vesicol tried to stop the publication.  JFK and Udall became aware of the environment Intro to Entomology [ENTO 2010] Spring 2016  Silent Spring became a best seller.  One of the most important/influential books ever published.  It had a heavy impact because of Carson’s eloquence.  Later on was translated into 22 languages.  Chemical industry tried to falsify the book by saying that it was “full of errors.”  Jukes said that there were “no pesticide residues in food.”  Silent Spring: Sales Soared  Within one year, pesticide bills were introduced in 40 states.  CBS TV interview with Rachel Carson   Some sponsors pulled out of the CBS program because of the interview.  Opposition: Dr. Robert White­Stevens  Dr. Robert White­Stevens vs. Rachel Carson  White­Stevens claims, “The modern scientist believes that man is steadily  controlling nature.”  However, Carson stresses that “the balance of nature is built of a series of  interrelationships between living things and between living things and  their environment.”  The balance of nature is put into question.  U.S. Senate Hearing takes place  Victor Yannacone    Attorney of the Environmental Defense Fund who led the fight against DDT use.  Hearings held in Wisconsin between 1968 – 1969   Chemists argued that if DDT is so bad, why doesn’t it make people sick?  They figured that it can’t be so harmful because DDT workers were never  poisoned by DDT exposure.  Turning Point: Early 1969, Swedish scientists discover DDT in human breast and cow milk  1970 – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established  1972 – DDT is banned by EPA.  Rachel Carson: A Revolutionary  Carson never wanted to ban pesticides  Her view: pesticides were being abused and not under control.  Carson was a revolutionary.  She stated, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of  strength that will endure as long as life lasts.”  She made us aware of the environment.  She dies two years after Silent Spring is published. Intro to Entomology [ENTO 2010] Spring 2016


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