Location: Systematic Entomology
Project Number: 8042-22000-265-00
Start Date: Oct 01, 2010
End Date: Sep 30, 2015
ARS will use the following methods for this research: High resolution digital images will be used to construct digital multi-entry taxonomic keys that can be viewed on the world wide web or cd-rom; DNA sequencing will be developed and employed for cryptic species identification; natural history collections will be visited and collaborations developed with other researchers to acquire wasp specimens; sampling in the field may occur to obtain wasp specimens and discover host plant-host-parasitoid relationships; morphological data will be acquired and analyzed from specimens through light and electron microscopy; genomic data will be acquired and analyzed from specimens through DNA extraction, amplification, and sequencing; matrices of morphological and molecular data will be compiled and analyzed to generate descriptions for wasp groups and species, hypotheses of evolutionary relationships, and identification tools (e.g., interactive keys); type specimens will be examined to correctly assign names to wasp groups and species; diagnostic characters will be illustrated through light and electron microscopy; biosystematic information will be compiled (e.g., diagnostic data, images, host use) and delivered to customers via open-access websites on the Internet. Identifications and biosystematic information for hymenopterans will be delivered to customers such as USDA-ARS, USDA-APHIS, and other state and federal researchers and action agencies using available literature and through comparison with specimens in the National Insect Collection.