TAMU ENTO 322 - Concepts (3 pages)

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Ento 322 - Insects In Human Society

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ENTO 322 1st Edition Lecture 2 Outline of Last Lecture I Entomology 322 Introduction a Course Goals b Course Requirements Outline of Current Lecture I II III Introduction Concepts The Scientific Method Current Lecture I Introduction A What is entomology Entomology is the study of Hexapoda and entomologist are those that study entomology B Greek base entomon Entomology is based on the Greek entomon which designated the creatures we call insects and related animals C Latin base insecare The Latin word Insectum is based on insecare meaning to cut referring to the segmented bodies of insects D Origin of hexapod hexa and podos Hexapoda comes from the Greek hexa six and poda foot therefore referring to six footed creatures II Concepts A Insects dominant group Insects are the most dominant group of animals on the planet earth They occupy almost all ecological niches on earth There are presently 900 000 to 1 000 000 species of insects that have been described by entomologist These insects make up about 80 of all known animals B Diverse and abundant Insects are not only the most diverse of all animals but they can be the most abundant It is estimated that as many as 230 million insects can be found on the surface and within the top 9 niches of soil in an acre of meadowland Insects are a part of the food web and are important for our survival These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute C Balance of nature Insects play an essential role in the balance of nature including that of predators eat them parasites using resources scavengers use waste products and as food for other animals and plants They recycle a lot of the things that we don t use D Pinnacles of evolution creative design Insects are obviously vastly different than humans although both insects and humans represent the pinnacles of adaptation on earth E Valuable to humans Insects are valuable to humans for a

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