DS1 Thysanoptera Fall 2015

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Location of collection: Downstream location Latitude 33° 97'79.56N/ Long: 84° 01'97.25W

Date of collection: August 28, 2015

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H’ 2.64

Distinguishing morphological features of Order: small elongated and slender body, black to dark brown in color, long threadlike antennae, six legs, conspicuously segmented body, wings (not represented well in photo).

Order: Thysanoptera (common name of pictured specimen is a thrip)

Geographical Distribution: Widely distributed around the world

Life cycle: Order can form eusocial groups and as a result are Haplodiploidy. Life span is

What it eats: different species of Thysanoptera feed on different things. The majority of Thysanoptera feed on plants, pollen, and fungal spores. A few species feed on insects.

Habitat: Wide range of terrestrial habitats where food is available

Ecological Importance: Species feeding on mites can be beneficial to the species negatively affected from mite populations. Species feeding on pollen can transport pollen and thus pollenate.

Economic/agricultural/human health importance: Most species of Thysanoptera feed on plants are pests to humans agriculturally because they can destroy crops and spread plant disease.

Collector/Contributor: Holly Ertley

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