Allison Bonnes: Diptera
Specimen #: 1
Date of Collection: September 28, 2017
Location: 33 58’ 54.79’’ N, 84’00 23.22 W
Rank Abundance: 2
Shannon-Weiner Biodiversity Index: (H')= 1.555589101
Distinguishing Morphological Features:
-Forward wings are developed, and the hind wings are reduced to knob-like halteres.
- Eyes are usually large.
- The torso is close to always 5 segmented regions.
-mouthparts vary from species to species.
Ecological and Economic / Public Importance:
-Dipteras are pollinators, like bees, as they travel from flower to flower drinking nectar.
-Dipertas help decay dead animals and other organic matter.
-For public importance, because dipteras have a mouthpiece designed to suck liquids, they can transmit diseases.