Alexandria Goodyear: Lepidoptera

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Lepidoptera Specimen

Specimen #: 1

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Undetermined

Date of Collection: August, 2018

Location: 34.0570° N, 84.0518° W

Species Abundance: 1

Shannon- Weiner Biodiversity Index (H')= 3.357381651

Distinguishing Morphological Features:

- Wings are large in comparison to body size. FW is slightly longer then HW.

- Wings have scaled appearance.

- Specimen has sucking mouthparts.

- Long slender antennae with absence of knobs.

Ecological and Economic / Public Importance:

- Lepidoptera includes moths and butterflies.

- They have chemoreceptors on their legs and their mouthparts. This enables them to smell and taste from their legs as well as their mouth. This is important for pollination

- The larvae of some lepidopteran species are actually pests in crops, typically tomatoes and cotton crops.

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