Amy Figueroa: Diptera

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Family: Asilidae

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.

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