Specimen 220 - Jason Lamb

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Location of collection:

GGC site 3

Date of collection:

September 2012

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity:

Distinguishing Order Characteristics:

  • 1. Two pairs of membranous wings.
  • 2. Forewings are larger than hind wings, but held together with small hooks.
  • 3. Females have a ovipositor, a tubular apparatus used to deposit eggs.
  • 4. Contain a constriction between the first two segments of the abdomen, or wasp waist.
  • 5. Large compound eyes.



After sequencing, genus and species?

Geographical Lcoation:

Throughout the entire world

Life cycle:

Complete metamorphosis. Egg, larva, pupa, adult. In many groups, young are provisioned by the adults, however in many groups the larvae are parasitoids (predatory parasites) of other insects. Larvae of sawflies feed on plants, and these are believed to be a basal group, linking hymenoptera with related orders, such as Lepidoptera. Predatory, provisioning, and parasitoid life-styles are believed to have evolved in groups descended from plant-feeding (as larvae) hymenoptera.

Sexual dimorphism:

The male glossa, or tongue, is pointed and the female glossa is extremely wide.

What it eats:

They eat plants, insects, mammals, and even decaying organic matter. They also feed on nectar, seeds, timber, rotting wood,dung, and fungi. They can be predators, scavengers, or hhebivores.


  • Live among terrestrial, and some aquatic environments. Most active on sunny days, but some are active at night.

Ecological Importance

  • They recycle dead insects, mix and aerate soil.

Economic/human importance:

  • They are efficient pollinators, and protection against crop invading insects.

PCR product: gel picture?

Sequence data:

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Other specimens done by Jason Lamb this term

Specimen 216 - Jason Lamb

Specimen 217 - Jason Lamb

Specimen 218 - Jason Lamb

Specimen 219 - Jason Lamb

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