I hope you found the information and discussions covering insects and their relatives helpful to you. When scouting or sampling turfgrass in your professional activities, you will learn to first identify what you have collected. Use the tables provided to identify a specimen to the order level. Make sure that the specimen is indeed an insect by noting or eliminating insect relatives such as millipedes and centipedes.
I would also like to direct you to a couple of different types of insect keys which may be of benefit to you during the course as follows:
- KEY ONE: U NB Turfgrass Entomology
- KEY TWO: NCS Turfgrass Insect Key
- KEY THREE: Key to Turfgrass Insect Damage
- KEY FOUR: Key to Insect Orders, Earthlife Gordons
You may be able to discern whether or not it is a pest species by looking further into the entomological literature that you accumulate as a professional. With additional references you may be able to determine the species of specimens you collect. Once you know the species, you can effectively manage it taking into account the use of appropriate registered materials and effective management strategies.
New Insect Discovered: (Mantophasmatodea)
Course Assignment: Remember, by the end of this week you need to complete the first assignment in this course. It is posted in the Assignment Discussion Forum. Be sure to complete your assignment as indicated in the posting and post your submission to the Assignment 1 Drop Box.
Quiz: At this time, take Quiz 1: Lessons 1, 2 & 3.