Deidrea Darroux: Homoptera

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Family: Aphididae

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

Date of collection: August 27, 2018

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 3.2060663

Rank abundance: 1

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

Distinguishing morphological features of Family:

▪ Body: length 6-8 mm, 4 membranous wings; front wings are larger than back wings, constricted between thorax and abdomen

▪ Head: oval shaped, elongated chewing mandibles

▪ Antennae: long, and less than or equal to 10 segments

▪ Tarsi: segmented ~5

Ecological importance: Specific to single oak species, can be parasitic; interfere with some plant tissues normal development

Economic importance: provide a source of honey

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