Insects and Other Arthropods of the East Mojave Desert

Course Number: ENTM X405


1.5 units

Learn about the anatomy of insects and how to distinguish them from other desert arthropods as you study the many insect orders and families found in Mojave Desert. Specimens in a demonstration collection are examined along with field observations in daylight and after dark in both desert and riparian habitats. Mimicry and other important insect survival traits are discussed.

Available Sections

Starting May 18


Starting May 18

Course Fees


$245 (Non Credit)


Kurt Leuschner [ bio ]

close [x] Kurt Leuschner, M.S., Wildlife Ecology, Professor of Natural Resources, College of the Desert. His specialties include ornithology, entomology and desert ecology, and he has led hundreds of field trips both locally and as far afield as Africa. Mr. Leuschner also teaches natural history courses for the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service and conservation organizations.


Fri 8:00 pm-9:30 pm
May 18, 2018

Sat 7:30 am-4:30 pm
May 19, 2018

Sun 7:00 am-12:00 pm
May 20, 2018

Fri. May 18, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat. May 19, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. & Sun. May 20, 7 a.m.- 12 p.m. Refund Deadline: May 10.

3 Meetings


Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx

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Section Notes:

The course fee includes two nights'; lodging at the Center (dormitory rooms & some couples rooms), and meals starting with breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Upon enrollment, you will be sent detailed information about the Center and what to bring. High clearance or 4WD vehicles are desirable but not required. Visitors not permitted. No refunds after May 10.


"Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America"
Kenn Kaufman & Eric R. Eaton
ISBN: 9780618153107


No Prerequisites for this course

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