GGC1 Zach Chickachop Fall 2016 3
Morphospecies 1 Coleoptera
Date of collection
August 31, 2016
Location of collection
33.982343 / -84.005977
Distinguishing morphological features
Front wings are hardened and known as elytra. The wings meet in a straight line down middorsal line of the back where the elytra cover the hind wings. The abdomen or abdominal segmentation is not visible from above.
Pronotum is usally large.
Cerci is absent.
Posses a chewing mouthpart.
Ecological and Economic/Public health importance
Coleoptera species act as predators to other insects that harm crops and plants. The species are highly important in the decomposition cycles or plant and animal matter.
The Coleoptera species, however, are found feeding on the foliage and roots of plants that cause damage to the crops. They are known to kill huge tracts of forests in only a short period of time. The species is also known to damage wooden homes, furniture, and stored products.