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  • ENT 101 (Lecture 5)

  • Wing Venationarchedictyon - name given to a hypothetical scheme of wing venation proposed for the very first winged insect

    based on a combination of speculation and fossil data

    Since all winged insects are believed to have evolved from a common ancestor, the archediction represents the "template" that has been modified (and streamlined) by natural selection for 200 million years

    according to current dogma, the archedictyon contained 6-8 longitudinal veins.

    these veins (and their branches) are named according to a system devised by John Comstock and George Needham

  • The Comstock-Needham System

  • The Comstock-Needham SystemCosta (C) -- the leading edge of the wing

    Subcosta (Sc) -- second longitudinal vein (behind the costa), typically unbranched

    Radius (R) -- third longitudinal vein, one to five branches reach the wing margin

    Media (M) -- fourth longitudinal vein, one to four branches reach the wing margin

    Cubitus (Cu) -- fifth longitudinal vein, one to three branches reach the wing margin

    Anal veins (A1, A2, A3) -- unbranched veins behind the cubitus

  • Wing VenationNames of crossveins are based on their position relative to longitudinal veins:

    c-sc (crossveins run between the costa and subcosta)

    r (crossveins run between adjacent branches of the radius)

    r-m (crossveins run between the radius and media)

  • Insect Jar PreparationInsect Net Making

  • Studying Insect PartsPreparing for the Recitation thats all for now, folks!