Doan Le: Hymenoptera-1
Specimen #: 9
Date of Collection: August, 2018
Location: 34°03'41.0"N 84°02'45.2"W
Species Abundance: 9
Distinguishing Morphological Features:
- Slender, wasplike body, approximately 3-40 mm.
- Wing appearance: 2 pairs of wings. FW has a second recurrent vein. Lack of base of cubital vein. The 1st submarginal cell is fused with the 1st discoidal cells. The 2nd submarginal cell is small or lacking.
- Antennae consists of approximately 16 segments or more, usually at least as long as half of their body.
- Have a pair of large compound eyes and 3 ocelli on top of the head.
Ecological and Economic / Public Importance:
- Hymenoptera includes parasitoid wasps (ex: yellow jackets)
- Because of their parasitoid nature, they are beneficial to humans by killing many insect pests (spiders, moths, beetles)
- The larvae of some lepidopteran species are actually pests in crops, typically tomatoes and cotton crops.