GGC Ansley Barnes Summer 2017

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All specimens in site 3 were collected by: Ansley Barnes, Jorielle King and David Manor

Coleoptera

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Location of collection: (33°59′03.87″ N, 84°00′20.37″ W)

Date of collection: 05/25/2017

Collection Method: Malaise trap

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Mordellidae

Common Name:Tumbling Flower Beetles

H': 3.99269

Morphospecies 1-16


Distinguishing morphological features of Family:

-size: 1.5-15mm long

-humpbacked, wedge shaped

-Head is bent down and set ventrally

-Antennae are short, threadlike, serrate, or clubbed

-Black or gray usually

-abdomen is pointed


Habitat:

-commonly found on flowers and foliage


Ecological Importance:

These beetles are important pollinators for flowers. Their life cycles coincide with the flower it pollinates, and often lay their eggs inside of flowers as well as rotting wood. They are also commonly prey to birds.

Economic/ Public Health Importance

This species is not considered a pest to agriculture or a threat to public health.


Hymenoptera

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Location of collection: (33°59′03.87″ N, 84°00′20.37″ W)

Date of collection: 05/25/2017

Collection Method: Malaise trap

Order: Hymenoptera

Family: Formicidae

Common name: Ant

H': 3.99269


Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

-"wasp like" body

-wings may be present or absent

-antennae are fairly long that have segments (>10)

-well developed chewing mandibles


Ecological Importance:

Ants are incredibly important to the environment. Not only do they enrich the soil by turning it, but they also take care of animal litter by eating a wide range of animal carcasses. Ants will also transport seeds, and facilitate decomposition. Since ants are so diverse, there are many different roles for each species.

Economic/Public Health Importance

The problem with ants is that they are considered huge pests. They tend to eat our crops and get into our homes causing not only an annoyance, but a costly bit of damage for farmers in particular.

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