Allison Bonnes: Diptera

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Specimen #: 1

Order: Diptera

Family: Tachinidae

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.

(https://www.amentsoc.org/insects/fact-files/orders/diptera.html)

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