Susan E. Halbert, Curator of Hemiptera (except Coccoidea and Aleyrodidae)
Greg Hodges, Curator of Hemiptera (Coccoidea and Aleyrodidae)
Avas B. Hamon, Emeritus Entomologist: Hemiptera (Coccoidea,Aleyrodidae)
F. W. Mead, Emeritus Entomologist: Hemiptera (Cixiidae, Cicadellidae)
Julieta Brambila, Hemiptera (Lygaeidae)
CURATION OF HEMIPTERA AND HOMOPTERA
The Hemiptera collections of the Museum of Entomology (FSCA) in drawers and storage have been inventoried as described for the Diptera. The large holdings of slide mounted Hemiptera/Homoptera remain to be completely inventoried. Results are tabulated in the table below. About 92,000 level-6 specimens are housed in drawers; a further 121,000 prepared specimens await upgrading.
HEMIPTERA INVENTORY: CURATION LEVEL 6
Number of Specimens per Geographic Area:
Total Hemiptera 958 2,798 24,245 11,708 3,658 9,033 3,121 1,929 210 705 128 54,735 Homoptera 635 2,490 22,474 7,518 1,729 4,598 546 93 258 345 0 37,576 Total 1,593 5,288 46,719 19,226 5,387 13,630 3,667 2,022 469 1,050 128 92,311 % by Region - - 51% 21% 6% 15% 4% 2% 1% 1% <1% 100%
Heteroptera at substandard curation levels are valuable and highly complementary to current holdings. About 60% of this material is non-Floridian and not likely to be duplicated in the existing well-curated material. About 18,000 specimens are already identified to species and ready to go into drawers. Another 2,400 specimens are loanable units.'
HEMIPTERA INVENTORY: CURATION LEVEL 2-4 AND UNSORTED
Total Number of Specimens 30,275 70,237 2,422 18,165 121,099
Total % by Region 40% 23% 35% 2% 100%
COCCOIDEA INVENTORY: CURATION LEVEL 6
The Coccoidea collection is curated to the highest level possible in the FSCA. All scale insect microscope slides are permanently mounted in Canadian balsam, and labels have been made with a typewriter or laser printer for many years. It is a collection in progress and about 5,000 microscope slides are added every year. For the past 20+ years holdings from other countries have been expanded, particularly SE Asia. The following table lists the approximate holdings in each family of the Coccoidea.
ALEYRODIDAE INVENTORY: CURATION LEVEL 6
The Aleyrodidae collection is curated to the highest level possible in the FSCA. It is primarily on microscope slides with a small number of dried samples. Slides are permanent mounts in Canadian balsam. The collection is mostly of Florida species; however, many samples from the circum-Caribbean area have been added in the past 24 years.
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