Alexandria Goodyear: Lepidoptera
Specimen #: 1
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.