Cristina Garcia: Diptera

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Diptera Species C

Class: Insecta

Order: Diptera

Family: Tachinidae

Distinguishing morphological characters:

  • Only front-wings well developed
  • Hind-wings reduced to knob-like halteres
  • Big red eyes
  • Spiky hairs on abdomen

Collection site: George Pierce Park (upstream), Gwinnett County

Shannon-Wiener H’ value associated with collection site: 2.86489530810314

Abundance Rank: Third most abundant (9/140)

Ecological and Economic Importance:

  • Pest control - the larval stage eats certain species of moth and butterfly larvae


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