Anthony Davis: Hemiptera

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Order: Hemiptera (true bugs)

Location of collection: LMD

Date of collection: August 27, 2018

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 3.898083

Morphospecies ID: Hemiptera 1

Collectors: Anthony, Shazia, Blessing, Priya

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

Body: Scutellum usually consicuous and triangular, overlapping membranous area of front wings often form a characteristic "X" pattern on back.

Head: Mouthparts sucking, formed into a beak, usually several segmented arising from front of head and resting along ventral midline.

Antennae: Often long but with 5 or fewer segments. Sometimes short and concealed in head.

Tarsi: 3 segmented or less

Ecological importance: 80,000 species in 37 families. Most diverse in warm, heavily vegetated environments.

Economic importance: Terrestrial species often important agricultural pests, pest controlling predators, or vectors of disease.

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