Michigan’s Hidden Triple Threat
Hymenoptera Pollinators, Parasitoids, & Predators
Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, and ants) is the most specious group of insects in the world and one of the most important, yet much is still unknown about the hymenoptera in Michigan. This project will help fill the knowledge gap surrounding Michigan’s hymenopteran fauna. The primary goals of this study are: 1) to document Michigan pollinator, parasitoid, and predator biodiversity while improving the hymenopteran specimen holdings of the University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology Insect Collection (UMMZI), 2) establish and reconstruct contemporary plant-pollinator interaction networks, and 3) acquire preliminary data essential for obtaining future funding from external granting agencies. This study will produce several scientifically important research papers, provide undergraduate research and learning opportunities, benefit the UMMZI, and help establish a new research lab and the successful acquisition of future external funding. Results from this study will lead to a better understanding, and subsequently better utilization of, local hymenopteran pollinators, parasitoids, and predators: Michigan’s hidden triple threat.