Specimen 248- Chris Maclafferty

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Hym1cm.jpg H' Value= 3.699

Location of collection: GGC 4

Date of collection: August 2012

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H'=3.699


Distinguishing morphological features of Order: 1)Body often constricted between thorax and abdomen. 2)Four membranous wings. 3)Fairly long antennae. 4)Well developed ovipositor, sometimes for stinging. 5)Mouth parts consist of chewing mandible.

Sub-order ? Family ? After sequencing, genus and species ? Apocrita,Cynipidae,N/A,N/A

Geographical Distribution: Depending on species, these organisms inhabit wooded areas and often survive in the vicinity of flowers. They often congregate in nests.

Life cycle:

Sexual dimorphism: Females develop from fertilized eggs and males develop from unfertilized eggs. These organisms undergo complete metamorphosis.

What it eats:Larval/nymphal stage Adult stage Larvae are fed by the fruit juices and other organic matter brought in by workers. The adults feed on a sweet secretion made by the larvae and are also self dependent when the larvae cease to create this food source. The queen is also fed by the workers.

Habitat: Larval/nymphal stage Adult stage Larvae live within the nest in colonies in "cells" and future queens live in large "royal cells"

Ecological Importance: Larval/nymphal stage Adult stage Flowering of plants, control of other species of insects such as beetles.

Economic/agricultural/human health importance: Larval/nymphal stage Adult stage Possible allergies to ovipositor products. Pollination of plants as necessary for seasons. Control of certain species of insects.

PCR product: gel picture? N/A

Sequence data: N/A

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