Entomology 211 - Insects and Society

(2.0 credits) Meets for 10 weeks, only, beginning in the sixth week of the semester. ENT 211 is offered as a distance education course on the World Wide Web in Spring and Fall Semesters.

Instructor - Fall Semester

Donald Lewis
Department of Entomology
636 Science Hall II

Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3140

Phone: 515-294-1101
Fax: 515-294-7406
Email: drlewis@iastate.edu

Course Description

This course explores the interactions between humans and insects to appreciate the importance of insects in human well being, and to acknowledge the role of insects in selected historical events and human cultures. The course consists of lectures, required readings and discussion. There is no associated laboratory experience.


There is no required textbook.

Anticipated Schedule and Lecture Content

Week 1: Insect orders, life cycles, mouthparts, reproduction
Insect relatives

Week 2: Ecological Services, Insect Products

Week 3: Human Use and Consumption of Insects

Week 4: Insects in Scientific Studies

Week 5: Forensic Entomology, Entomophobia, Arachnophobia, Delusory Parasitosis

Week 6: Insects and History

Week 7: Insect-Vectored Diseases

Week 8: Cultural Entomology

Week 9: Insects as Biological Indicators

Week 10: Pests of Persons and Property

Special needs and accommodations

Please address any special needs or special accommodations with the instructor at the beginning of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your needs. Those seeking accommodations based on disabilities should obtain a Student Academic Accommodation Request (SAAR) form from the Student Disability Resource (SDR) office (phone 515-294-7220). SDR is located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076.