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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: SYSTEMATICS OF HEMIPTERA AND RELATED GROUPS: PLANT PESTS, PREDATORS, AND DISEASE VECTORS

Location: Systematic Entomology

Title: Preparing soft-bodied arthropods for arthropods for microscope examination: Armored Scales (Insects: Hemiptera: Diaspididae)

Authors
item Miller, Gary
item Bauchan, G. -
item Mitter, C. -
item Tracy, A. -

Submitted to: World Wide Web
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: January 15, 2014
Publication Date: January 15, 2014
Citation: Miller, G.L., Bauchan, G.R., Mitter, C.E., Tracy, A. 2014. Preparing soft-bodied arthropods for arthropods for microscope examination: Armored Scales (Insects: Hemiptera: Diaspididae). World Wide Web. SEL's Slide-mounting Tutorial Videos

Interpretive Summary: Armored scales are pests that feed on many of the world’s agriculturally important crops, trees, and ornamental plants and cause millions of dollars of damage annually. They are also very important invasive species. Identification of these insect pests is paramount in both quarantine or biological programs. This training video provides visual instruction on how to prepare armored scale specimens on microscope slides for examination and identification. This video will be of special interest to quarantine personnel at both the federal and state levels, academic teaching institutions, and insect taxonomists.

Technical Abstract: Proper identification of armored scales (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) requires preparation of the specimen on a microscope slide. This training video provides visual instruction on how to prepare armored scales specimens on microscope slides for examination and identification. Steps ranging from collection, specimen clearing and staining, use of balsam mounting medium, coverslip placement, and final drying are shown along with narration. This distance learning video is in support of the Enhanced Pest Identification and Technology effort (Farm Bill—H.R. 6124) and will be of special interest to quarantine personnel at both the federal and state levels, academic teaching institutions, and insect taxonomists.

Last Modified: 10/23/2014
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