Introduction to Insect Identification: The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy

Speaker: John Meyer, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor, Department of Entomology, NC State University

When: Tuesdays, March 14 through April 11, 2017 – 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

What’s on the leaf of your azalea? Are you curious about those grubs in your compost bin? Is there a striped caterpillar eating your parsley? Learning to recognize and identify the insects in your garden can be a daunting task-there are over a million described species and at least that many undescribed ones! This course will help you sort out all that diversity. It will focus on the major orders and families of garden insects, show you how to recognize members of the common groups, and help you distinguish between the good bugs and the bad bugs. Knowing what it is opens the door to a whole world of information about what it does and what to do about it. As an old Chinese proverb says, “The beginning of knowledge is getting things by their right name.”

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Course Schedule

March 14 – Orderly Insects — Basic systematics, morphology, and development

March 21 – The Hemimetabola – Orthoptera, Hemiptera, and Homoptera

March 28 – Pollination Central – Diptera and Hymenoptera

April 4 – Beetlemania – Coleoptera by the boatload

April 11 – Lepidoptera – Butterflies and moths, oh my!

About John Meyer, Ph.D.

John Meyer grew up in Denver, Colorado, where, to his mother’s dismay, he spent much of his childhood catching bugs in the vacant lot near his home. His youthful fascination with the world of insects led him to a B.S. in biology from the University of Illinois and an M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology from Cornell University. He joined the faculty of NC State University in 1978 where he has taught both undergraduate and graduate entomology courses for the past 35+ years. He is an Alumni Association Distinguished Undergraduate Professor and has received Outstanding Teaching awards from the College of Agriculture and the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America. He received the 2008-2009 Gertrude M. Cox Award for excellence in teaching with technology and was named Wake County Envirothon Mentor of the year in 2011.

In addition to his insect net, he also catches bugs with his camera. Many of his pictures can be found on an extensive Web site that he developed for teaching his course in general entomology at NC State. All of the course resources are publicly available online.

Cost

$150.00 for members, $185.00 for nonmembers.

Registration

Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 24 people and is considered complete when payment is received.

Cancellation

Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program’s start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.

Location

Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

Parking

Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.

Questions

Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this course.

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