The tracheal system of the Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) - A micro-CT study.

Bell, G, D., Corps, N, Mortimer, D, Gretton, Svetlana, Bury, Nic and Connett, G, J. (2023) The tracheal system of the Common Wasp (Vespula vulgaris) - A micro-CT study. Journal of insect physiology, 149. ISSN 1879-1611

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X-ray micro-CT has been used to study the tracheal system of Pre and Post hibernation Queen wasps (Vespula vulgaris) and their workers. We have compared our findings in wasps with Snodgrass's description of the tracheal system of the honeybee as characterised by anatomical dissection. Our images, whilst broadly similar, identify the tracheal system as being considerably more complex than previously suggested. One of the 30 wasps imaged had a markedly different, previously undescribed tracheal system. Since completing this study, a large micro-CT study from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has been published. This used different software (Slicer) and analysed 16bit digital data. We have compared our methods with that described in the AMNH publication, adopted their suggested nomenclature and have made recommendations for future studies. [Abstract copyright: Crown Copyright © 2023. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Crown copyright. Re-use permitted under the Open Government Licence.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tracheal system, X-ray, Vespula vulgaris, Queen and worker wasps, diagnostic radioentomology, micro CT, micro-computer tomography
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Science & Technology
SWORD Depositor: Pub Router
Depositing User: Pub Router
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2023 11:44
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 11:44

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