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Insect Ecology and Plant-Insect Interactions

Building on last week’s class Introduction to Entomology, we’ll take a deeper dive into the highly specific relationships that insects have with one another, as well as the amazing evolutionary history between insects and plants. We will discuss not only how insects interact within their environment, but also how their environments affect them and what you can do to preserve and protect our six-legged friends.

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

Plant Insect Interactions Part 1

Plant Insect Interactions Part 2

Plant Insect Interactions 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

Do Cultivars of Native Plants Support Insect Herbivores? Baisden et al 2018

Configuration and Location of Small Urban Gardens Effect Colonization by Monarch Butterflies Baker and Potter 2019