Doan Le: Hymenoptera-2
Specimen #: 2
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: Have 2 pairs of membranous wings, HW smaller than FW. HW consist of "hamuli" (hooked bristles) that aid in holding the wings together.
- Have chewing mouthparts with mandibles
- Have large compound eyes with 3 ocelli.
Ecological and Economic / Public Importance:
- Hymenoptera includes sawflies, wasps, bees, and ants.
- Most beneficial as pollinators of the wild, cultivating flowering plants, parasites of destructive insects, and makers of honey.
- The honeybee provide honey and beeswax.
- Parasitic insects of the order Hymenoptera serve their purpose in helping to eliminate house insect pests.
- The Hymenoptera are most importantly known as the "principal insect pollinators of flowering plants."