Doan Le: Hymenoptera-2

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Hymenoptera Ichneumonidae Specimen

Specimen #: 2

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: 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."

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