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Introduction to Entomology

Insects are the among the most prolific, diverse, and successful animals on planet earth! In fact, there are nearly 1 million described insect species with an estimated 2 million that have not been described! In this talk we will cover some of the more common insect orders, how they are identified, and what you can do to attract and preserve this amazing animals! We will also review insect development, anatomy and physiology in order to better understand the ecological niches and functions that insects have as part of a healthy ecosystem.

Presenter: Sam Marshall

Horticulture Extension Agent, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionHaywood County Center

Sam MarshallSam Marshall is the Horticulture Extension Agent in Haywood County, NC. He provides technical support and education for nursery growers, landscapers, and farmers, as well as home horticulture information and education for hobby gardeners. He has a background in Environmental Biology/Ecology and Entomology. When not seeking out six-legged critters, Sam enjoys roaming the mountainsides with his wife Morgan and their two dogs.

Presentation Slides

Intro to Entomology Part 1

Intro to Entomology Part 2

Intro to Entomology Part 3

Additional Resources

Field Guide to Insects of North America, Eric Eaton and Kenn Kaufman
Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity, Stephen A. Marshall