Insect Identification

A nine-part course focusing primarily on family-level identification of common insects. The main goal of this course is to provide a sound practical understanding of insect diversity that will assist you in classifying organisms.

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  • An enthusiasm for insects

Topics covered in the course will include, but are not limited to:

  • Week 1: Entognathous hexapods and minor insect orders

  • Week 2: Ephemeroptera and Odonata (Mayflies and Dragonflies/Damselflies)

  • Week 3: Orthopteroids (Grasshoppers and related groups)

  • Week 4: Neuropteroids (Lacewings, Dobsonflies, etc.)

  • Week 5: Hemiptera (Bed bugs, planthoppers)

  • Week 6: Coleoptera (Beetles)

  • Week 7: Medical/Veterinary significant insects (Flies, Lice, Fleas)

  • Week 8: Lepidoptera (Moths and Butterflies)

  • Week 9: Hymenoptera (Sawflies, bees, wasps, and ants)

Handouts for each presentation will be distributed at the beginning of each lesson.

Lectures will be done live, twice a week, using Ventrilo (Hostname: ureddit.com, Port #: 3784). Presentations will be interactive and students will be allowed to voice questions at any point.

Class will begin February 29th at 9:30 PM EST. An additional lesson will be done March 1st at the same time for anyone who could not make it to the first lesson. Future lessons will take place every Wednesday at the specified time.

Additional information

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, let me know!

Teacher qualifications
  • Fourth year entomology student (Ph.D. bound)
  • r/AskScience panelist
  • Contributor to both r/whatsthisbug and r/entomology
Latest Update
Class over (2012-05-03 20:37:28)

" Hello everyone,

The University of Reddit Insect Identification course is now over. I'd like to thank the two people that showed up on a regular basis... I imagine the other 60+ people simply forgot about it.

So... thanks for that I guess.