An interactive identification guide to the Australasian families of
N.B. Stevens, C.J. Stephens, Muhammad Iqbal, J.T. Jennings,
J. LaSalle & A.D. Austin
About the product
The Hymenoptera (ants, bees, sawflies and wasps) are one of the ‘mega-diverse’
insect orders. Species occur ubiquitously from forests and woodlands to
grasslands and wetlands, freshwater and intertidal zones to urban parks and
gardens. Arguably, no other insect group plays such key roles in the functioning
of ecosystems. Wasps regulate insect populations though predation and
parasitism, bees are among the most important pollinators of flowering plants,
and ants dominate many terrestrial landscapes where they are involved with vital
ecological processes such as predation, seed dispersal and soil health.
What wasp is that? contains a Lucid key to the 67 families of Australasian
Hymenoptera and comprehensive information on the biology, morphology, and
classification of the group.
The numerical and ecological diversity of Hymenoptera make them an ideal study
organism. As such, What wasp is that? will be a valuable tool for students,
researchers, biological control practitioners, those involved in ecological
surveys and monitoring, or simply anyone with an interest in a unique and
important, yet often unnoticed, component of our native biodiversity.
The major component of this interactive guide, the Lucid key, provides the means
to easily identify the 67 families of Hymenoptera that occur across Australasia.
The key contains over 250 full-colour, clearly annotated illustrations, using
simple terminology, of features which can be seen using good light microscopy.
In contrast to traditional paper-based keys, a combination of line drawings,
scanning electron micrographs and colour photographs have been used to best
illustrate each character.
In addition to the Lucid key, What wasp is that? contains hundreds of colour
photographs and comprehensive information, including external hyperlinks, on:
- the morphology of the Hymenoptera, including annotated drawings of the
morphological terms used throughout the guide and Lucid key;
- the families, including images, biologies and defining characters;
- the diverse biology and ecology of the group, including parasitism,
eusociality, herbivory, pollination, biological control, invasive species
and environmental monitoring and conservation;
- the systematics of the Hymenoptera, with current classification,
phylogeny and number of described species of Australian and New Zealand
Hymenoptera, including introduced taxa;
- a range of collecting techniques for taxonomic purposes and ecological
- a comprehensive bibliography of published literature.
Price: $59.00 (excluding GST)
Produced and published by
The Centre for Biological Information Technology
Australian Biological Resources Study