Specimen 204 - Adriaan Buisman

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Order: Hymenoptera

Location of collection: GGC3

Date of collection: August 2012

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity:

Distinguishing morphological features of Order: Often constricted appearance between thorax and abdomen "wasp-like"; membranous wings; long antennae; ovipoitor sometimes modified for stinging; chewing mouthparts. (1)

Sub-order ? Family ? After sequencing, genus and species ?

Geographical Distribution: Present wordwide, below the arctic circle and above the antarctic circle. (2)

Life cycle: Complete metamorphosis: egg, larva, pupa, adult. (2)

Sexual dimorphism: Sex is often determined by whether or not an egg is fertilized. Fertilized eggs become females, and unfertilized become males. Dimorphism often goes beyond just male and female, with queens in certain species being significantly larger than other females. (2)

What it eats: Varies significantly from species to species (2)

Habitat: Certain species are generally found around flowering plants. However, the particular habitats can vary from species to species.(2)

Ecological Importance: Many are very important for their role in flower pollination. Also many hymenoptera are prey for larger animals. (2)

Economic/agricultural/human health importance: Bees are often sought after for their ability to make honey, and in general for their pollination of flowers. (2)

PCR product: gel picture?

Sequence data:

Photo: Specimen 204

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1. Key Characters for Identifying Insect Orders (Lab Handout)

2. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/279337/hymenopteran

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