Group 3, Hymenoptera

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Meagan Coleman- Hymenoptera Species 1

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Location of collection: Lat: 33°58'56.2" N Long: 84°00'06.2" W

Date: February 6, 2016

H': 2.25695

Collector: Meagan Coleman

Order characteristics: Wings- when present, 4 membranous, FW little larger than HW. 1 or more small hooks on anterior margin of HW that are used to couple HW to FW during flight.

Body- often "wasp-like", often constricted between thorax and abdomen.

Antennae- fairly long, usually greater than 10 segments.

Mouthparts- chewing, always with well developed chewing mandibles, sometimes maxillae and labium elongated into sucking tongue.

Tarsi- 5 segmented

Ovipositor- well developed, sometimes long, sometimes modified into a sting.

Ecological Importance: Pollinators of plants

Economic Importance: Without pollinators, there will be no plant reproduction.


Alex Menkes- Hymenoptera Species 2

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Location of collection:

Lat: 33°58'56.2" N Long: 84°00'06.2" W

Date of collection: February 2016

H’=2.25695

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

range in size from 8/100 to 1 inch red, brown, yellow, or black Have a metallic luster Chewing mouthparts One pair of antennae Body divided into three sections

Ecological Importance:

Function as herbivores and scavengers Help break down decaying plant and animal matter Help aerate the soil Seed dispersion Pollinators

Economic/agricultural/human health importance:

Important for enrichment of soil and nutrient cycling Help feed on crop pests Used in traditional medicine Citrus production by the weaver ant

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