Innovations and Challenges in
Cynipid Gall Curation
Crystal McEwen
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
and
Matt...
Cynipidae
• Parasitic Hymenoptera
• High host specificity
• Gall morphology is often
species specific
Cynipid Galls
1 Photos by Joyce Gross, calphotos.berkeley.edu 2 Photo by Milan Zubrik, forestryimages.org
3 Photo by Peter...
Why Curate Galls?
• Extended phenotype
– Morphological diversity is often
greater in galls than the wasps
Top photo from
C...
Why Curate Galls?
• Diagnosis
USNM Collection
• Last cynipid-specific curator died
in 1964
• Roughly 114 drawers
• Traditional methods
– The Good, the B...
The Good
Traditional Practices
Top (both) and bottom right photos
from CP Gillette Museum, CSU
The Bad
Traditional Practices
The Ugly
Traditional Practices
Problems
• Damage to insect specimens and galls
Problems
• Lost type galls
Problems
• Visibility
New Methods – Clear Boxes
New Methods – Clear Boxes
New Methods – Clear Envelopes
* Not that new but trying to increase usage
New Methods – Candy Trays
Can cause space issues
Electronic Curation - Gigapan
New Problems and Questions
• What is the status of galls? Type galls?
– How do polythalamus galls affect this?
– What do w...
Extra Notes and Treasures
• Hand writing
• Vials of nectar
• “Pieces of history”
Thank you
Acknowledgments: Systematic Entomology Lab (USDA-
ARS) for funding this project. Thanks are given to Ray
Gagne (...
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  1. 1. Innovations and Challenges in Cynipid Gall Curation Crystal McEwen University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and Matthew Buffington Systematic Entomology Lab, USDA c/o Smithsonian NMNH
  2. 2. Cynipidae • Parasitic Hymenoptera • High host specificity • Gall morphology is often species specific
  3. 3. Cynipid Galls 1 Photos by Joyce Gross, calphotos.berkeley.edu 2 Photo by Milan Zubrik, forestryimages.org 3 Photo by Peter Bryant, bathistoc.bio.edu 4 Photo by Graham Calow, naturespot.org.uk 5 Photo by Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State Univ. 6 Photo by Gerald Lenhard, forestryimages.org 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 3 4 5 6
  4. 4. Why Curate Galls? • Extended phenotype – Morphological diversity is often greater in galls than the wasps Top photo from Cals.ncsu.edu
  5. 5. Why Curate Galls? • Diagnosis
  6. 6. USNM Collection • Last cynipid-specific curator died in 1964 • Roughly 114 drawers • Traditional methods – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Limitations and problems • New methods • New problems and questions
  7. 7. The Good Traditional Practices Top (both) and bottom right photos from CP Gillette Museum, CSU
  8. 8. The Bad Traditional Practices
  9. 9. The Ugly Traditional Practices
  10. 10. Problems • Damage to insect specimens and galls
  11. 11. Problems • Lost type galls
  12. 12. Problems • Visibility
  13. 13. New Methods – Clear Boxes
  14. 14. New Methods – Clear Boxes
  15. 15. New Methods – Clear Envelopes * Not that new but trying to increase usage
  16. 16. New Methods – Candy Trays
  17. 17. Can cause space issues
  18. 18. Electronic Curation - Gigapan
  19. 19. New Problems and Questions • What is the status of galls? Type galls? – How do polythalamus galls affect this? – What do we consider galls that don’t have a corresponding wasp? • What are our options for barcoding? • What do we do with huge galls?
  20. 20. Extra Notes and Treasures • Hand writing • Vials of nectar • “Pieces of history”
  21. 21. Thank you Acknowledgments: Systematic Entomology Lab (USDA- ARS) for funding this project. Thanks are given to Ray Gagne (SEL Emeritus) and Boris Kondratieff (CP Gillette Museum, Colorado State University) for their assistance, and Smithsonian Combined Entomology for additional support. Top photo by Whitney Cranshaw

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