Cole Hembree - Coleoptera
Specimen #: 2
Date of Collection: August 23rd, 2018
Location: Environmental Heritage Center - Upstream
Coordinates: 34°03'35.2"N 84°00'08.8"W
Species Abundance: 2
Shannon-Wiener "H" Value: 3.325647567
Distinguishing Morphological Features:
- Development of the snout - allows for successful feeding and boring of holes for laying eggs.
- Antennae almost always geniculate (elbowed)with 5-7 segments and a club-like end feature.
- First two visible abdominal segments are typically fused together.
Ecological and Economic / Public Importance:
- Extremely specific/specialized feeding habits as a larvae as this insect only eats exclusively plants, and only one part such as: flower, stem, root, seeds, etc.
- Family of extremely destructive pests - species within family are known to destroy crop fields and reproduce quickly.
- Due to boring ability, beetles of the Curcylionidae taxonomy are known to cause wide-spread damage on crops but also lumber industries as they bore into wood for shelter and food.