GGC 4 Lepidoptera Fall 2015

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Morphospecies 1

Location of collection: Lat: 33°58′54.79″ N Long: 84°00′23.22″ W

Date of collection: October 2015

H': 4.04

Photo:


GGC-SITE-4 Lepidoptera M-1.jpg

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

  • 2 pairs of membranous wings that are covered in tiny scales which overlap like shingles on a roof. A few moths are wingless
  • Large compound eyes
  • One ocelli present above each eye
  • Antennae present. Antennae are long and slender in female moths and generally feathery in male moths. Butterflies have clubbed antennae
  • Mouthparts are formed into a sucking tube known as a haustellum


Ecological/Agricultural/Economic Importance:

  • Nearly all silk is obtained from the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori)
  • The South American cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) has been highly beneficial in weed control, clearing more than 150 million ha (60 million acres) in Australia of alien prickly pear cactus.
  • Butterflies help in pollination of flowers.


Behavior:

  • Many Lepidoptera are famous migrators. The American monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is the only species known to perform an annual long-distance two-way migration; i.e., the same individuals fly southward in the autumn and northward in the spring
  • The sequence of mating activities is usually initiated by the female, which gives off specific odorous substances (pheromones) that attract males, sometimes even before she emerges from the pupa.


Morphospecies 2

Location of collection: Lat: 33°58′54.79″ N Long: 84°00′23.22″ W

Date of collection: October 2015

H': 4.04

Photo:

GGC-SITE-4 Lepidoptera M-2.jpg

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

  • 2 pairs of membranous wings that are covered in tiny scales which overlap like shingles on a roof. A few moths are wingless
  • Large compound eyes
  • One ocelli present above each eye
  • Antennae present. Antennae are long and slender in female moths and generally feathery in male moths. Butterflies have clubbed antennae
  • Mouthparts are formed into a sucking tube known as a haustellum


Ecological/Agricultural/Economic Importance:

  • Nearly all silk is obtained from the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori)
  • The South American cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) has been highly beneficial in weed control, clearing more than 150 million ha (60 million acres) in Australia of alien prickly pear cactus.
  • Butterflies help in pollination of flowers.


Behavior:

  • Many Lepidoptera are famous migrators. The American monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is the only species known to perform an annual long-distance two-way migration; i.e., the same individuals fly southward in the autumn and northward in the spring
  • The sequence of mating activities is usually initiated by the female, which gives off specific odorous substances (pheromones) that attract males, sometimes even before she emerges from the pupa.

Morphospecies 3

Location of collection: Lat: 33°58′54.79″ N Long: 84°00′23.22″ W

Date of collection: October 2015

H': 4.04

Photo:

GGC-SITE-4 Lepidoptera M-3.jpg

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

  • 2 pairs of membranous wings that are covered in tiny scales which overlap like shingles on a roof. A few moths are wingless
  • Large compound eyes
  • One ocelli present above each eye
  • Antennae present. Antennae are long and slender in female moths and generally feathery in male moths. Butterflies have clubbed antennae
  • Mouthparts are formed into a sucking tube known as a haustellum


Ecological/Agricultural/Economic Importance:

  • Nearly all silk is obtained from the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori)
  • The South American cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) has been highly beneficial in weed control, clearing more than 150 million ha (60 million acres) in Australia of alien prickly pear cactus.
  • Butterflies help in pollination of flowers.


Behavior:

  • Many Lepidoptera are famous migrators. The American monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is the only species known to perform an annual long-distance two-way migration; i.e., the same individuals fly southward in the autumn and northward in the spring
  • The sequence of mating activities is usually initiated by the female, which gives off specific odorous substances (pheromones) that attract males, sometimes even before she emerges from the pupa.

Morphospecies 4

Location of collection: Lat: 33°58′54.79″ N Long: 84°00′23.22″ W

Date of collection: October 2015

H': 4.04

Photo:

GGC-SITE-4 Lepidoptera M-4.jpg

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

  • 2 pairs of membranous wings that are covered in tiny scales which overlap like shingles on a roof. A few moths are wingless
  • Large compound eyes
  • One ocelli present above each eye
  • Antennae present. Antennae are long and slender in female moths and generally feathery in male moths. Butterflies have clubbed antennae
  • Mouthparts are formed into a sucking tube known as a haustellum


Ecological/Agricultural/Economic Importance:

  • Nearly all silk is obtained from the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori)
  • The South American cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) has been highly beneficial in weed control, clearing more than 150 million ha (60 million acres) in Australia of alien prickly pear cactus.
  • Butterflies help in pollination of flowers.


Behavior:

  • Many Lepidoptera are famous migrators. The American monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is the only species known to perform an annual long-distance two-way migration; i.e., the same individuals fly southward in the autumn and northward in the spring
  • The sequence of mating activities is usually initiated by the female, which gives off specific odorous substances (pheromones) that attract males, sometimes even before she emerges from the pupa.

Morphospecies 5

Location of collection: Lat: 33°58′54.79″ N Long: 84°00′23.22″ W

Date of collection: October 2015

H': 4.04

Photo:

GGC-SITE-4 Lepidoptera M-5.jpg

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

  • 2 pairs of membranous wings that are covered in tiny scales which overlap like shingles on a roof. A few moths are wingless
  • Large compound eyes
  • One ocelli present above each eye
  • Antennae present. Antennae are long and slender in female moths and generally feathery in male moths. Butterflies have clubbed antennae
  • Mouthparts are formed into a sucking tube known as a haustellum

Ecological/Agricultural/Economic Importance:

  • Nearly all silk is obtained from the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori)
  • The South American cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) has been highly beneficial in weed control, clearing more than 150 million ha (60 million acres) in Australia of alien prickly pear cactus.
  • Butterflies help in pollination of flowers.


Behavior:

  • Many Lepidoptera are famous migrators. The American monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is the only species known to perform an annual long-distance two-way migration; i.e., the same individuals fly southward in the autumn and northward in the spring
  • The sequence of mating activities is usually initiated by the female, which gives off specific odorous substances (pheromones) that attract males, sometimes even before she emerges from the pupa.

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