Submitted to: Hymenoptera of Tropical America
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/30/2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Sawflies and woodwasps are important part of the complex of plant-feeding insects that cause millions of dollars of damage each year to agricultural crops, forests, and ornemantal plants. Some, however, are beneficial and are under consideration in biological control programs of invasive weeds. A chapter is prepared for a proposed book "The Hymenoptera of Tropical America." This chapter includes diagnosis of nine families, their classification and distribution, biology, and identification. Keys are given to subfamilies and some genera of the New World. This book is the first comprehensive account of the sawflies, wasps, ants, bees and their allies for tropical America. It will be used by scientists, students, and the public and will be valuable for training purposes. The book will be a valuable reference for APHIS identifiers for intercepted specimens of Hymenoptera from this region.
Technical Abstract: Nine familes of Symphyta occur in tropical America: Argidae, Cimbicidae, Diprionidae, Pergidae, Tenthredinidae, Siricidae, Xiphydriidae, Cephidae, and Orussidae. A diagnosis and sections on classification, distribution, biology, hosts, and identification are presented for each family. Keys are given for subfamilies of Argidae, Pergidae, and Tenthredinidae, and for genera of Cimbicidae, Diprionidae, Siricidae, Xiphydriidae, and Orussidae.