Entomology 201, Spring 2013


For ENT 201, spring 2013, we’ll learn about cockroaches, grasshoppers and preying mantids (orthopteroids) by watching a series of films (celluloid).

Orthopteroids – An orthopteroid is a type of insect that typically has leathery front wings, like cockroaches, grasshoppers, praying mantids, crickets, or katydids. 

Celluloid – This is a flexible material that can be coated with photographic emulsion and used to record images.  Because of its flexibility, beginning around 1890 Thomas Edison used celluloid to produce the first motion pictures. 

In this discussion course, we will watch a series of films then use a set of questions and iClickers to drive our discussion of how film makers portray both science and scientists to the public.

Vote for the Films

There are quite a few orthopteroid films spanning the last 80 years, from the 1941 animated classic Hoppity Goes to Town, to the 2003 third film of the Mimic trilogy. Since there are 12 potential orthopteroid films, and only 8 class meeting dates during spring 2013, the 8 films we watch will be determined by popular vote from the list below.

Please watch the trailer for each movie, then link to the survey to vote for the 8 films you’d like to watch. The final lineup will be determined by majority vote.

Have fun, and I’ll see you on January 14th!

Joe Culin


Hoppity Goes to Town (1941)                

The Deadly Mantis (1957) 

Beginning of the End (1957)

Bug (1975) 

The Nest (1988)

Twilight of the Cockroaches (1989)

Meet the Applegates (1990)

Joe’s Apartment (1996)

Starship Troopers (1997)

Mimic (1997)

Mimic 2 (2001)

Mimic 3 Sentinel (2003)

Complete the Survey