Anthony Davis: Hemiptera
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.