Blessing Oladebo: Coleoptera

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Specimen #: 1

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Mordellidae

Date of Collection: August 27, 2018

Location: 34.0534° N, 83.8911° W

Species Abundance: 4

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H'= 3.284025321

Collectors: Blessing Oladebo, Priya Babu, Shazia Shikarpurya, AJ

Taxonomic Information:

▪ Body: Black or grey, humpbacked, wedge-shaped with the body covered in black silky hairs; head is bent down and abdomen is pointed

▪ Mouthparts: Chewing mouthparts are located at the end of a long ventral extension of head, resembling the beak of a sucking insect; with an elbowed antennae attach to the "beak"

▪ Wings: FW hardened, nearly always meeting in a straight line down

▪ Eyes: Big and round dark eyes

▪ Antennae: Short, threadlike, serrate

▪ Tarsi: Usually 3-7 mm

Ecological Importance: Commonly found on flowers and foliage, as well as on dead trees. Larvae occur in decaying wood and plant pith, which can be carnivorous in habit

Economical Importance: Some are pests of crops that damage plants by feeding on leaves and flowers

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