Christina Rojasycaza: Lepidoptera

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Order: Lepidoptera

Location of Collection: 34°03'00.5"N 83°53'21.3"W

Date of Collection: 09/27/2018

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 3.2060663

Species Abundance: 1

Collectors: Christina Rojasycaza, Taylor Bowen, Deidrea Darroux, Tim Hoang

Distinguishing Morphological Features:

▪ Scales cover the external surface of body and appendages

▪ Two pairs of wings

▪ Large compound eyes

▪ Drinking straw-like proboscis

Ecological Importance:

▪ Second largest order in the class Insecta

▪ Most larvae are herbivores

Economic Importance:

▪ Manufacture toxins which are stored in body tissue, poisonous to predators

▪ Toxic larvae develop bright colors and patterns as an indicator to predators about their toxicity, destructive to agricultural crops

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