Economic Entomology


Course Information

Credit Hours: 4: (Lecture: MWF 11-11:50am, Rouse 112; Lab: MWF 2-3:50pm, FS 354)
Prerequisites: BIOL 1030
Instructor: Dr. Henry Fadamiro
Alumni Professor & IPM Coordinator
Office: 346 Funchess Hall
Phone: 844-5098 (office); 844-2495 (lab)
Office hours: MWF (9-10 am), or by appointment

Teaching Assistants:

Tolu Morawo, Office: 376 Funchess Hall; Telephone: 844-1457 / 844-2495 (lab); Email:; Office hours: TBA

Jill Piorkowski, Office: 376 Funchess Hall; Telephone: 844-1457 / 844-2495 (lab); Email:; Office hours: TBA

Course Objectives:

To introduce students to the basic principles of entomology: What is an insect, what are their parts, and how do they work? What are the different types of insects/arthropods? What are the key arthropod pests of economically-important commodity groups? What are their major identification features and what kinds of damage do they cause? What are the main control strategies available for insect pests, and how do we implement those?

Grading System:

90-100% A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
Below 60 E

Breakdown of Grades:

Source Points % of Grades
Midterms (2) 175 (Midterm 1 = 100; Midterm 2 = 75) 35
Final Exam (NOT COMPREHENSIVE) 100 20
Lecture Quizzes (10) 50 (5 pts each) 10
Insect Collection 80 16
Lab Exams (2) 95 (Lab 1=50 pts; Lab 2=45 pts) 19
Total 500 100


  • Pedigo, L.P. & M.E. Rice. 2009. Entomology and Pest Management, 6th Edition. Prentice Hall. Upper Saddle River, NJ. 784 pp (EPM); Required text
    • ISBN-13:978-0-13-513295-1
    • ISBN-10: 0-13-513295-9
    • Available in AU Bookstore and major online bookstores (from ~$80)
  • Castner, J.L. 2000. Photographic Atlas of Entomology and Guide to Insect Identification (Optional, highly recommended) OR
  • Borror, D. J. & R.E. White. 1970. Peterson Field Guides: Insects (Optional, highly recommended).

Policy on Classroom Behavior:

Auburn University expects students to pursue their academic work with honesty and integrity. Violations of this principle are listed in the University Policies

Penalties can include suspension and expulsion.  Academic dishonesty is an offense that will not be tolerated! The instructor intends to follow the rules regarding “Faculty Responsibilities in the Instructional Program,” “Policy on Class Attendance,” and “Policy on Classroom Behavior” outlined in the University Policies. The “Student Academic Honesty Code” will be strictly enforced. Disruptive behaviors in the classroom will not be tolerated. These include (but not limited to) arriving late to class/lab, talking and other forms of distractions, use of cell phones and other electronic devices without instructor’s permission, refusal to comply with instructor’s directions, physical threats, etc.

Policy on Class Attendance:

Students are expected to attend all their scheduled classes. College work requires regular class attendance as well as careful preparation. Specific policies regarding class attendance are the prerogative of individual faculty members. Faculty shall inform each class in writing at the beginning of the course regarding the effect of absences on the determination of grades. The student is expected to carry out all assigned work and to take examinations at the class period designated by the instructor. Failure to carry out these assignments or to take examinations at the designated times may result in an appropriate reduction in grade.

Notes/Make-up Policy:

A lecture outline will be distributed at the beginning of each class. The outline will contain the main topics to be covered during that lecture period. Keep these outlines and use as guide for studying. A short quiz will be given almost every week starting on Week 2. No make-up quizzes will be given. However, make-up lecture tests (midterms) may be given with an appropriate written excuse or documentation from your Dean (or Associate Dean). If you missed (or anticipate missing) a test (midterm), you must inform me by email before or immediately (within 24 hours) after the test.

Arrangements to make up missed tests due to excused absences shall be initiated by the student. I excuse absences for the following reasons: a) Illness of the student or serious illness of a member of the student’s immediate family. I require a note from the attending physician; b) Death of a member of the student’s immediate family. I require a printed obituary or funeral notice; c) Trips for members of the student organizations sponsored by an academic unit, trips for University classes, and trips for participation in intercollegiate athletic events. I request formal notification from appropriate University personnel to document the student’s participation in such activities or trips; d) Subpoena for court appearance. Written documentation required; e) Any other reason the instructor deems appropriate. For the sake of fairness, no make-up test will be given after students have been given back their graded answer sheets (usually within 2-3 calendar days of the test). Again, you must produce a written excuse from your Dean (or Associate Dean). Simply providing a doctor’s excuse is NOT sufficient. Because of multiple lab sessions and the difficulty with setting up additional lab tests, no make-up lab tests will be offered. Students MUST attend one of the multiple lab sessions. If you anticipate missing a lab test, you must inform me by email well in advance so we can arrange for you to take your lab test during one of the other sessions.

Students with demonstrated need to take the final examination before the scheduled date must present a written request from his or her dean (at least 2 weeks before the exam) requesting an early examination period. Students who require special assistance should discuss their needs with the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Please bring a memo from the Office of the Program for Students with Disabilities. If students do not have a memo, they should schedule an appointment with a member of the professional staff in that office (1228 Haley Center, 844-2096).

Lecture Schedule

Economic Entomology (ENTM 4020); Spring Semester 2013; MWF 11-11:50 am; Rouse 112
Lecture # Date Week Topic Required Reading
1 Jan. 9 1 Introduction; Abundance & Diversity of Insects EPM:Chpt. 1
2 Jan. 11 Benefits of Insects; Pest Types EPM:Chpt. 1
3 Jan. 14 2 Arthropod Characteristics/Classification EPM:Chpt. 1
4 Jan. 16 Arthropod Characteristics/Classification EPM:Chpt. 1
5 Jan. 18 Insect Structure (Morphology) QUIZ 1 EPM:Chpt. 2
January 21: Martin Luther King Holiday
6 Jan. 23 3 Insect Structure (Morphology) EPM:Chpt. 2
7 Jan. 25 Insect Function EPM:Chpt. 2
8 Jan. 28 4 Insect Function EPM:Chpt. 2
9 Jan 30* Insect Function QUIZ 2 EPM:Chpt. 2
10 Feb. 1 Insect Life Cycle: Growth and Development EPM:Chpt. 4
11 Feb. 4 5 Insect Life Cycle: Metamorphosis EPM:Chpt. 4
12 Feb. 6 Insect Classification QUIZ 3 EPM:Chpt. 3
13 Feb. 8 Insect Classification EPM:Chpt. 3
14 Feb. 11 6 Insect Classification EPM:Chpt. 3
15 Feb. 13 Insect Classification EPM:Chpt. 3
16 Feb. 15 Insect Classification QUIZ 4 EPM: Chpt. 3
17 Feb. 18 7 Insect Classification EPM: Chpt. 3
Feb. 20 Midterm 1
18 Feb. 22 Midterm 1 Review; Insect Ecology EPM:Chpt. 5
19 Feb. 25 8 Predicting Biological Events/Degree-Day EPM:Chpt. 5
20 Feb. 27** Pest Surveillance and Sampling QUIZ 5 EPM:Chpt. 6
21 Mar 1 Pest Surveillance and Sampling EPM:Chpt. 6
March 3 – 6: NO CLASS (ESA Southeastern Branch Meeting)
22 Mar. 8 9 Economic Thresholds;  Types of Insect Injury QUIZ 6 EPM:Chpt. 7
March 11 – 15: Spring Break
23 Mar. 18 11 Managing Insects with Resistant Plants EPM:Chpt. 13
24 Mar. 20 Midterm 2
25 Mar. 22 Cultural Control EPM:Chpt. 10
26 Mar. 25 12 Cultural Control EPM:Chpt. 10
27 Mar. 27 Biological Control (Natural Enemies) EPM:Chpt. 9
28 Mar. 29 Biological  Control; Biopesticides QUIZ 7 EPM:Chpt. 9 & 12
29 Apr. 1 13 Behavior-Modifying Chemicals – Attractants/Repellents EPM:Chpt. 14
30 Apr. 3 Insect Growth Regulators (IGRs) EPM:Chpt. 14
31 Apr. 5 IGRs; Genetic Control: Sterile-Insect Technique QUIZ 8 EPM:Chpt. 11
32 Apr. 8 14 Botanical Insecticides; Organic farming EPM:Chpt. 11
33 Apr. 10 Conventional Insecticides: Safety & Regulation EPM:Chpt. 11
34 Apr. 12 Conventional Insecticides: Insecticide Classes QUIZ 9 EPM:Chpt. 11
35 Apr. 15 15 Conventional Insecticides: Insecticide Classes EPM:Chpt. 11
36 Apr. 17 Conventional Insecticides: Formulations EPM:Chpt. 11
37 Apr. 19 Insecticide Resistance: Causes & Prevention QUIZ 10 EPM:Chpt. 17
38 Apr. 22 16 Review EPM:Chpt. 15
Wednesday, May 1: FINAL EXAM: 12 noon (LS 112)

* Jan 30 is 15th Class Day (Last day to withdraw from a course with no grade assignment)

** Feb 28 is Mid Semester (36th Class Day; Last day to withdraw from course with no grade penalty)

Lab Schedule

Economic Entomology (ENTM 4020), Spring Semester 2013; MW 2-3:50 pm; Room 354 FS
Lab # Date Topic
1 Jan. 14 & 16 Discuss Lab Outline; Microscopes; Arthropod classification; Movie: Alien Empire
Jan 21 & 23: NO LAB (Martin Luther King Holiday)
2 Jan. 28 & 30 Insect Collection, Mounting & Preservation; Basic Arthropod Morphology
3 Feb. 4 & 6 Basic Arthropod Morphology
4 Feb. 11& 13 Basic Arthropod Morphology; Insect Orders
5 Feb. 18 & 20 Insect Orders;  Review
6 Feb. 25 & 27 Practical Exam # 1
7 Mar 4 & 6 Field Collecting of Insects; Work on Collection
March 11 – 15: Spring Break
8 Mar. 18 & 20 Urban & Household Arthropod Pests
9 Mar. 25 & 27 Arthropod Pests of Greenhouse, Ornamentals and Turfgrass
10 Apr. 1 & 3 Visit to Plant Sciences Greenhouse Facility; Field Collecting of Insects
11 Apr. 8 & 10 Arthropod Pests of Row, Fruit & Vegetable Crops; Biological Control Agents
12 Apr. 15 & 17 Toxicity and Use of Insecticides; Integrated Pest Management; Insect Collection Due
13 Apr. 22 & 24 Practical Exam #2

Laboratory Supplies Needed for Collecting Insects:

  • 1 Styrofoam Collecting Box*
  • Insect Pins: Size #3*
  • Insect Collecting Vials*
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Nets
  • Insect Kill Jar

*These items can be purchased through the F.S. Arant Entomology Club for ~ $15 (exact amount TBD)

Required Insect Collection (80 points; 16% of the total grade):

Required Insect Collection (80 points; 16% of the total grade):

Insect Collection must total 40 different arthropod species from 12 orders properly mounted and labeled.  Identified to Class and Order. Up to 5 of the required 40 specimens can be immature insects (e.g., caterpillars, white grubs, maggots, nymphs). Up to 10 specimens can be displayed in alcohol vials. Limit to no more than 4 specimens per insect order (up to 7 specimens are allowed for order Hemiptera). On a separate piece of paper or other means (discussed in class), state whether each insect is destructive (pest) or beneficial (best guess). Each specimen = 2 pts:  ½ pt for being there, ½ pt for proper identification, ½ pt for correct determination of whether insect is a pest or beneficial, ½ pt for neatness, proper pinning/pointing/labeling and preservation (no missing parts). Extra credit will be given for collection of arthropods of major economic importance (List to be given in Lab 1).

Insect Collection is due on YOUR 12th lab (week of April 15th).