Universities often seem to be plagued with this ongoing problem where fantastic sounding upper year classes listed in the calendar never get offered. I suspect this is because those classes were once given by various professors who have since moved on to other areas, begun teaching other classes, have other administrative duties that supersede their teaching duties from earlier in their career, or have retired.


This ended up being a problem for me near the end. I knew I would be needing entomology, but it was never offered while I was at UTSC. It was offered downtown, but I would have had to drop several other classes that I needed for my degree to take it. In the end, I never took it. One of the major components of these courses (I’ve been told) is making an insect collection. I decided a little while back to make a collection of my own to try to independently fill in this gap in my knowledge.


So far I have (not my photographs):


Seven Spotted Lady Bug Beetle (or Ladybird Beetle), Coccinella septempunctata, Order: Coleoptera, Family: Coccinellidae


Honey Bee, Genus: Apis, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Apinae


Common Black Ground Beetle, Pterostichus melanarius, Order: Coleoptera, Family: Carabidae


Common Yellow Dung Fly, Scathophaga stercoraria, Order: Diptera, Family: Scathophagidae


Orange-belted Bumblebee, Bombus ternarius, Order: Hymenoptera, Family: Apidae


I think the yellow dung fly is my favourite. Supposedly they’re most common in areas where you might find manure (so farmland), but I found that one in Burnaby Central Park which is a forest. Go figure.