Museum Specimens Help Define New World Wasps
2006. 10. 02.Specimens of 'cicada killers' (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae, Nyssoninae, Sphecius) on loan from the Orma J. Smith Museum have helped advance the research of Dr. C.W. Holliday from Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.
The specimens were used in making an improved key to the New World species (Holliday and Coelho, 2006, Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Volume 99, Number 5, pages 793-798). The authors were able to allow for variation found in the genus by the examination of numerous specimens from a variety of museum collections that had not previously been possible. CofI and the Museum were acknowledged for the loan of the material in the journal article.
'This is one example of the way Museum collections can be used to further science,' Museum Director William H. Clark said. 'It is also a positive way to have the College and Museum names out in front of the international scientific community.' Those interested in viewing the wasps and the resulting scientific publication are invited to stop by the museum. For museum hours contact JoAnn Bellon, (208) 459-5211