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Intro to Entomology; WEEK 7Notes

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Intro to Entomology; WEEK 7Notes ENTO 2010

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Intro to Entomology  Week 7 Notes  Order: Coleoptera   Dung is a valuable food source, especially to dung beetles.  Elephant Dung Beetles  Many insects are attracted to dung.  Dung beetles have specialized mouthparts.  Dung beetles will roll the dung into small balls for themselves and their  larvae to eat.  Additionally, civet cats feed on dung beetles.  Civet cats produce civetone in their anal gland.  Interesting Fact: Civetone is used in perfume.  Australia  Cows were imported.  Insects couldn’t cope with the large about of dung being produced.  Eventually, grassland was lost.  Solution to this problem: Import dung beetles to eat the excess cow dung.  Ancient Egypt: the Scarab  Also known as the Stone Beetle  Scarabs were the symbol of the soul.  Scarabs also symbolized the Sun God, Ra.  Beetle metamorphosis may have inspired pyramid construction.  The Spanish fly, also known as the Blister Beetle  Spanish flies produce a toxin: cantharidin.  Hippocrates used cantharidin as medicine.  Marquis de Sade used cantharidin as an aphrodisiac.   Cantharidin causes burning sensation in the groin.  Cantharidin destroys mucous linings in the body.  Acorn Weevils  Female acorn weevils have a large snout/mouthpart.  Acorn weevils drill a hole in an acorn with its snout.  Then, the female weevil oviposits into the hole.  A female weevil lays one egg per acorn.  Acorn weevil larvae eat the acorn upon hatching.  Whirligig Beetles  Whirligig beetles are scavengers.  Whirligig beetles have divided eyes so that they can see both above and  below the water level.  Whirligig beetles spin in circles to create waves that bounce back to them  when the waves hit the food item.  Whirligig beetles carry air bubbles to breathe underwater.  Order: Lepidoptera  Intro to Entomology  Week 7 Notes  lepido = scale; ptera = wings  Common Names = Butterflies and Moths  Species: 200,000   Lepidoptera Characteristics  Complete Metamorphosis   Have siphoning mouthparts  Their wings have scales.  Their scales are actually modified hairs.  Their larvae feed on plants.  Larvae spin silk.  Have the greatest color variation.  They are a major agricultural pest because larvae may feed on a very narrow  range of vegetation.  Butterfly  In Greek translates as psyche.  In French translates as papillon.  Etymology = study of words  No one knows how the name “butterfly” came about.  Morpho Butterflies  morpho = beautiful or well made  Their upper wings are iridescent blue.  Their lower wings are plain brown.   Lepidoptera Larvae  Larvae are leaf­eating machines.  Larvae must molt 4­5 times.  Larvae have soft cuticles.  Larvae uses of defense:  Camouflage  Warning Coloration  Toxic Spines  Lepidoptera Adults  Lepidoptera adults feed to get flight fuel.  Lepidoptera adults mate abdomen to abdomen  Lepidoptera females lay eggs on host plant.  Species: 200,000  Butterflies: 20,000  Moths: 180,000  Dan Janzen endeavored to identify all moths of Costa Rica by:  Rearing larvae to adults to classify.  Use light screen at night to collect adults. Intro to Entomology  Week 7 Notes  Interesting Fact: Moth scales can cause allergies.  Florida Queen Butterflies  Florida Queen butterflies and Viceroy butterflies look very similar.  Florida Queen butterflies find mates with a sex hormone.  Florida Queen males and females do a courtship dance.  Florida Queen males use their “hair pencils” to dust the female with the sex  pheromone.   Monarch Butterflies  Monarch larvae feed on milkweed.  The butterflies sequester toxic alkaloids known as cardenolides.  Predators leave larvae and adults alone due to this toxic.  Monarch Butterflies  In the fall, 4  generation monarch adults migrate 2,500 miles to Mexico in the  winter.  In the winter, the butterflies are dormant in Mexican forests.  In the spring, they mate and return to the U.S.  Interesting Fact: The Return of the Monarchs is a Mexican holiday that represents the return of the souls of people who died during the year.   Insect Plant Interactions: Co­evolutionary Arms Race  Plant produces toxin.  Insect adapts to toxin.  Plant makes more powerful toxin.  Plant Defense Against Herbivores   Silicon oxide in leaves (like eating glass).  Proteinase inhibitors (animals cannot digest the grass).  Secondary plant products (toxic compounds).  Plant surface hairs are called trichomes.  Trichomes may produce toxins.  Trichomes may be sticky.  Trichomes may be spines or hooks.  When a plant is wounded, it wants to:  Limit water loss.  Prevent fungal/bacterial infection.  Deter herbivory.  When a plant is wounded, it may:  Heal its wound by creating a “scab.”  Produce toxic chemicals.  Exude sap or gum.  Form a gall (with insect inside).  Jurassic Park Intro to Entomology  Week 7 Notes  Fossilized plant resin is called amber, which are gems.  DNA found in fossil insects.  Sequence fossilized DNA.  Determine relatedness of insect species.  Recover dinosaur blood, DNA, from fossilized mosquitoes.  Carnivorous Plants capture insects for nutrients:  Habitat is low in nutrients.  Digest protein of prey.  Have modified structure to catch insects.  Types of Carnivorous Plants  Sundews  Venus Fly Traps  Bladderworts  Pitcher Plants  Sundews   Bright colors attract insects.  Leaf tentacles have sticky glue.  Electrical signal causes leaf to curl.  Leaf uses enzymes to digest prey.  Venus Fly Traps  Venus fly trap have trigger hairs inside leaf.  Touching hairs cause electrical signal to be released.  Two signals cause rapid growth of the outer leaf.  Leaf closes on insect; trap then digests it.  Interesting Fact: Venus fly traps are only found natively in the wetlands of  North Carolina and South Carolina.   Bladderworts  Bladderworts are aquatic.  Bladderworts have a bladder with a trap door.  When prey item hits their trigger hairs, it is sucked into the bladder in  1/1000  of a second.  Pitcher Plants  Flower­like; nectar and color attract insects.  Inside the plant, there are downward­pointing hairs and loose wax.  Insects then fall into the “pool” and are digested by the plant.


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