Cole Hembree - Coleoptera

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Coleoptera Specimen

Specimen #: 2

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Curcylionidae

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.

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