Location: Systematic Entomology
Project Number: 8042-22000-267-06
Start Date: Sep 01, 2014
End Date: Sep 01, 2019
While it has been commonly accepted that the Neutopterida feed on small, soft-bodied insects, there have been few comprehensive works to assess this. In 2004, the first comprehensive assessment of Coccoidea/Neuropterida associations was published. Since the publication of that work, the original association database to include the entire Sternorhyncha (scale insects, aphids, whiteflies, and psyllids) worldwide has been expanded. As the Sternorrhyncha contains numerous important global agricultural pests, this expanded work has applications in both systematics and biological control programs in the U.S. and abroad. The expanded dataset will be incorporated into the Neuropterida Species of the World (NSW) module of the Lacewing Digital Library (LDL) web portal. Within the NSW, which has been on-line since 2003, search functionality will facilitate the flexible recovery of taxon associations and related data. The creation of an open-access, web-based, vehicle for the delivery of information relating to prey/predator associations – and associated data on plant hosts of the prey, geographic location of observations, differentiation of field and laboratory observations, and specimen vouchering information – will provide enhanced user access, and greater opportunities for future data development and maintenance, versus the alternative of a static printed publication.