Doan Le: Hymenoptera-1

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Hymenoptera Ichneumonidae Specimen

Specimen #: 9

Order: Hymenoptera

Family: Ichneumonidae

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.

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