Amy Figueroa: Diptera
Location of collection: 33°58'50 N, 84°00'20 W
Date of collection: 09/05-07/2017
Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 3.85327
Collectors: Kaylyn Flores, Rhea Bowen-Smith, Raydastepha Dimanche, Amy Figueroa
Distinguishing morphological features of Family:
▪ Body: nearly bare in regards to hairy body, large thorax, elongated abdomen, long FW and small Halteres behind as HW
▪ Head: Big eyes, face is bearded,
▪ Antennae: 10-segmented
▪ Tarsi: 2-segmented
Ecological importance: Predatory behavior, feed on various arthropods creating a balance between insect populations in various habitats; kill their prey by injecting saliva with toxins in their victims.
Economic importance: Have a negative effect on bees, considered as bee killers.