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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for HYM Course?
Complete the application form and ask someone familiar with you and your interest in HYM Course to write a letter in support of your application. Applications and letters of support should be sent Dr. Michael Gates, Smithsonian Institution, PO Box 37012, Washington DC, 20013-7012, U.S.A. Telephone: 202-633-4554. Email: michael.gates@ars.usda.gov. Applications and letters of support are due November 28, 2014.

How do I pay for HYM Course?
Participants must pay tuition for the course, as well as meals and lodging for eight nights at CRILAR, to the Entomological Society of Washington by February 6, 2015. Tuition covers the cost of holding the course.

Costs for HYM Course 2015
Meals and lodging = $375
Tuition = $750

Payments (US$1,125) must be made in U.S. dollars. Checks drawn on a U.S. bank or money orders or cashier's checks (international/domestic) should be made payable to Entomological Society of Washington and mailed to: 8305 Mary Lee Lane, Laurel, MD 20723, U.S.A. If payment via personal check or cashier's check is difficult, contact the ESW Treasurer via email (abigailkula@gmail.com or kula@msmary.edu) to arrange payment via bank-to-bank electronic funds transfer.

What is La Rioja-Anillaco like?
Anillaco, at 1450 meters above sea level, is located on the foothills of the Sierra de Velasco (maximum elevation 4,500m). The climate is desert, with annual rainfall of ~180 mm per year, with minimum winter temperatures of -12C and maximum in summer of 38 C. The foothill vegetation development reaches a mountain forest in some places where streams flow down from the mountains. Three meals are served daily along with a coffee break each in the morning and afternoon. Vegetarian options are available. Special diets (halal, vegan, gluten-free, etc.) cannot be accommodated. Pictures of the facilities are available here.

How do I get to La Rioja-Anillaco, Argentina?
Participants can fly into La Rioja, Argentina (IRJ-Capitan Vicente Almandos Amonacid) in La Rioja, Argentina. HYM Course will provide van shuttle service from IRJ to CRILAR at Anillaco for attendees arriving by plane. Pick-up times will be scheduled on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Some local attendees may elect to drive a vehicle to CRILAR in Anillaco and that can be accommodated with on-site parking at the Institute

How do I return home from CRILAR in La Rioja-Anillaco?
HYM Course will provide van shuttle service from Anillaco to La Rioja Airport. Drop off times will be scheduled for Monday, March 9, 2015. Participants can return home using the modes of transportation mentioned above.

What do I need to do to prepare for HYM Course?
Preparation for the course is not required. However, acquiring and reading introductory portions of the recommended texts on the "Home" tab of this website, especially Hymenoptera of the World (Goulet and Huber 1993), would be helpful for individuals with little or no entomological background.

Other general references that students might find useful (excluding those on the "Home" tab of this website).

Askew, R. R. Parasitic Insects. American Elsevier Publishing Company, Inc., New York. 316 pp.

Clausen, C. P. Entomophagous Insects. Hafner Publishing Co., Inc., New York. vx+688 pp.

Gauld, I. and B. Bolton. 1988. The Hymenoptera. Oxford University Press, New York. vxi+332 pp.

Godfray, H. C. J. 1994. Parasitoids: Behavioural and Evolutionary Ecology. Princeton University Press, Princeton. iix+473 pp.

Hanson, P. E. and I. D. Gauld. 1995. The Hymenoptera of Costa Rica. Oxford University Press, New York. ixx+893 pp.

Hölldobler, R. and E. O. Wilson. 1990. The Ants. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge. ixii+773 pp.

LaSalle, J. and I. D. Gauld. 1993. Hymenoptera and Biodiversity. CAB International, Wallingford. ixi+348 pp.

Michener, C. D. The Bees of the World. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. ixiv+913 pp.

O'Neil, K. M. 2001. Solitary Wasps. Behavior and Natural History. Cornell University Press, Ithaca. ixiii+406 pp.

Quicke, D. L. J. 1997. Parasitic Wasps. Chapman & Hall, London. ixvii+470 pp.

Raman, A., C. W. Schaefer, and T. M. Withers. Biology, Ecology, and Evolution of Gall-Inducing Arthropods. Volume 2. Science Publishers, Inc., Enfield. ixviii+817 pp.

Shaw, M. R. and T. Huddleston. 1991. Classification and biology of the braconid wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects 7: 1126.

What taxa are covered in HYM Course?
The following taxa are covered in HYM Course. Coverage for each taxon is at the family-level unless noted in parentheses. Chalcidoidea (subfamily for most), Mymarommatoidea, Ceraphronoidea, Cynipoidea (subfamily and lower), Platygastroidea, Proctotrupoidea, Apoidea, Chrysidoidea, Vespoidea (subfamily for ants), Ichneumonoidea (subfamily), Evanioidea, Megalyroidea, Stephanoidea, Trigonalyoidea, and Symphyta. Please note that while sawflies, woodwasps, bees, and ants are covered in this course to provide a complete view of Hymenoptera, parasitic and predatory wasps are the focus of the course.

What do I need to bring to HYM Course?
Eagle Hill will provide bedding and towels. Individuals who have certain supplies of their own are encouraged to bring them. This is especially true with regard to items such as the recommended texts (see "Home" tab of this website), particularly Hymenoptera of the World, insect nets, aspirators, fine forceps, and specimen manipulators. Students are welcome to bring specimens from their projects (preferably dehydrated and mounted) to consult with the instructors on identification as time permits.

The following supplies will be available to all students for use during the course.
Kill jars
Insect pins (#2 & #3)
Point punch, heavy-weight archival paper (e.g., bristol board), and glue for point and card-mounting small specimens
Pinning blocks
Specimen manipulators
Fine forceps
Ethanol for specimen preservation
Gelatin capsules
Insect storage boxes
Label Paper
Staedtler pens

The following items are things that you are expected to bring.
Notebook for course lectures, labs, and symposium
Pens or pencils
Field notebook [pocket-sized notebook]
Flashlight or headlamp (for nocturnal collecting and walking safely at night)
Coat or jacket
Field clothes (i.e., clothing for which you do not care if it gets wet, stained, or torn)
Sturdy boots or shoes for the field (i.e., footwear for which you do not care if it gets wet, stained, or torn)
Sun block
Alarm clock
Canteen or water bottle
Collecting bag or backpack to carry gear in the field
Paper and Ziploc bags to collect materials for rearing
Cash for local personal purchases
Insect repellant (also, we recommend treating field clothing, at least one set, with a permethrin soak)

The following items are things that you might consider bringing.
Swim suit (there are lakes nearby and a sauna on site)
Large towel
Swiss Army knife or multi-tool
Hand lens

Can I keep the specimens I collect during HYM Course?
Yes. Permits are not needed to collect insects on the field station grounds and environs. Pinned specimens or specimens in vials should be placed in checked baggage. Alcohol should be drained from vials so that only the specimens remain in the vials. Participants interested in keeping the specimens they collect will be given a letter explaining what the material is and that it can be taken out of Argentina.

HYM Course 2006 Photos
HYM Course 2006 Photos

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