GGC Alexandra Dolinski Summer 2017

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Lepidoptera 2:

  • Family:Noctuidae
  • Location of collection:Lat: 38° 58'58.43N Long: 84° 00'21.33W
  • Date of collection:May 25th, 2017
  • Collectors: Alexandra Dolinski, Dat Nguyen, Mariah Bell, Jasmine Redmond
  • Rank abundance: 3
  • Shannon- Wiener index of biodiversity H'= 3.417245712


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Distinguishing morphological features:

  • Wings: large, membranous, and mostly covered in scales
  • Mouthparts: sucking, in form of a coiled tube
  • Antennae: slender, long and feathery in most moths
  • Additionally, the life cycle of lepidopterans consists of four stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chrysalis), and adult (imago).

Ecological importance:Catepillars assist humans by eating weeds, and flower pollination by adult catepillars.

Ecological importance:Lepidopterans are ecologically important becuase they can convert significant amounts ofplant matter into animal matter. Additionally, they serve as a food source for other animal groups.

Ecological importance:Our silk production comes from the silkwork.


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Coleoptera 7

  • Location of collection:Lat: 38° 58'58.43N Long: 84° 00'21.33W
  • Date of collection:May 25th, 2017
  • Collectors: Alexandra Dolinski, Dat Nguyen, Mariah Bell, Jasmine Redmond
  • Shannon- Wiener index of biodiversity H'= 3.417245712


Photo:Dipterabeetle.jpg

Distinguishing morphological features:

  • Wings: FW hardened, mostly always meets in a straight line down the middorsal line of the back. Elytra covers HW and abdomen. If segmentaion is present, it cannot be seen from above.
  • Pronotum: normally large
  • Cerci: not present
  • Mouthparts: used for chewing. Located at the end of a long ventral extension of head that looks similar to that of a beak.

Ecological importance:Some beetle species actually can destroy crops, whereas some species can actually assist to get rid of garbage, eat detritus in the form of dead trees, or even help pollinate flowers. They serve as effective decomposers and recyclers of nutrients.

Ecological importance: They assist in keeping the community in check by predation. Predatory species, such as lady beetles, are important biological control agents of aphids and scale insects.

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