GGC Phyllis Lallier Summer 2017

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Collectors: Phyllis Lallier, Trish Archer, Elias Castro

Date of Collection: 05/25/2017

Location: GGC Site 1 33°98'23 N, 84°00'59 W


Family: Ichneumonoidea

Morphospecies ID: Hymnoptera 1

Rank: 3

Shannon - Weiner H' Value: 3.258499996

Taxonomic Information: There are numerous small, inconspicuous and hard-to-identify ichneumon wasps. Approximately 60,000 species are estimated to exist worldwide, though some estimates place this number at over 100,000

Distinguishing Morphological Characteristics

. Body: Slender

. Lenth: 3- 40 mm

. Antennae: At least half as long as body

. Color: Usually yellowish to black and brightly pattern

. Long ovipositor

Ecological importance: Ichneumons parasitize many insect groups, especially Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies), Coleoptera (beetles), and other Hymenoptera. Some utilize spiders as hosts. Thus, the group as a whole is beneficial to humans because it parasitizes many insect pests. A relatively small number of species parasitize beneficial insects.


Family: Pteromalidae

Morphospecies ID: Hymnoptera 2

Shannon - Weiner H' Value: 3.258499996

Taxonomic Information: The Pteromalidae are a very large family of parasitoid wasps, with some 3,450 described species.

Distinguishing Morphological Characteristics . Tarsi 5 - segmented . Lenth: 2 - 4 mm . Color: black, metallic-green, or bronze

Ecological importance: There are both solitary and gregarious species, living outside (ectoparasitoid) or inside their prey (endoparasitoid),they maintain their host species from reaching carrying capacity.

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