0339. Checklist of medically important Hymenoptera of Afghanistan.


  • James C. Dunford
  • Joseph C. Turbyville
  • John M. Leavengood, Jr.


A recent investigation was conducted to assess the threat of insect venom hypersensitivity to deployed U.S. service members operating in the region. In parallel with this study, a checklist of medically important Hymenoptera was assembled from limited fi eld collections as well as a comprehensive review of the literature and information provided by electronic databases. We compiled names of 14 families comprising 396 species of Hymenoptera capable of stinging humans. This is the fi rst such checklist for Afghanistan, and should aid future taxonomic work and provide reference information for public health-related entomology in this region.