GGC Jasmine Redmond Summer 2017

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Hymenoptera


Morphospecies 1 (Jasmine Redmond)

Location of collection: GGC Site 2 = (Lat: 38° 58'58.43N Long: 84° 00'21.33W)

Date of collection: May 25, 2017

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H'= 0.036990924

Family: Formicidae


Photo:Jasmineants.jpg


Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

- Antennae 6-13 segmented, strongly elbowed, first abdominal segment node-like or with dorsal hump

Geographical Distribution:

- Tropical or warm climates. Ants tend to live in large groups called colonies; ant hills 

What it eats:

- Ants feed on a large range of foods, from engine oil at the side of a road, to other ant species. Most ant species are omnivorous and eat seeds, nectar, and other invertebrates. Army ants are carnivorous, they hunt, kill and eat prey such as worms, spiders and even sometimes small vertebrates like lizards. 

Ecological Importance:

- Ants turn and aerate the soil, allowing water and oxygen to reach plant roots. ... These seeds often sprout and grow new plants (seed dispersal). 



Hymenoptera

Morphospecies 2 (Jasmine Redmond)

Location of collection: GGC Site 2 = (Lat: 38° 58'58.43N Long: 84° 00'21.33W)

Date of collection: May 25, 2017

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H'= 0.036990924

Family: Vespidae

Photo: Buggladdy.jpg

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

-  wasps have a hard exoskeleton which protects their three main body parts, the head, the mesosoma (including the thorax and the first segment of the abdomen) and the metasoma. There is a narrow waist, the petiole, joining the first and second segments of the abdomen.

Geographical Distribution:

- Tropical or warm climates. A wasp habitat is a paper-like nest made from wood fibers that have been chewed into a pulp. 


What it eats:

- Wasps eat a wide range of invertebrates including spiders, caterpillars, ants, bees, and flies. It has also been suggested that wasps may prey on nestling birds. Wasps also collect honeydew. 

Ecological Importance:

- pollination, predation, and parasitism

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