Submitted to: Systematic Entomology Laboratory World Wide Web Site
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/10/1999
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Sawflies are part of the plant-feeding complex of insects that cause millions of dollars of damage each year to agricultural crops, forests, and ornamental plants. To carry out research on the taxonomy, biology, ecology, control, and other aspects of these pests, it is necessary to be aware of the literature on the subject. There are no bibliographies or literature databases available. A sawfly literature database has been developed that contains approximately 6,500 references. The fields include author, year, title, journal or book, and key words. Key words may include any subject that is not in the title. Searches can be made for any or a combination of words in each of these fields. For instance, a search can be made for references to sawflies associated with oak or any other plant. Using this database, bibliographies on selected aspects of sawflies can be developed. This database will save substantial time and effort in literature searches for agricultural and extension personnel, scientists, and anyone needing to locate literature on selected aspects of these plant- feeding pests.
Technical Abstract: A literature database for sawflies (Hymenoptera: Symphyta) contains about 6,500 references with searchable fields for authors, dates, titles, journals, and key words. Searches can be made for any combination of words in these fields. Search for a selected hast plant in the title or key words, for example, may result in 30 references listed by author, yera, title, and journal. Further selection of one of these references will giv the full citation and indicate if it is available in the literature collection at the National Museum of Natural History. Bibliographies on selected aspects of Symphyta cam be created using this database.