GGC Helen Wakjira Summer 2017

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Helen Wakjira

Date of collection: 05/25/2017

GGC Site 4

Latitude: 33°58'56.2" N Longitude: 84°00'06.2" W)

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 4.832084

Collectors: Rahul Bakane, Binh Lam, Aulelia Morris, Helen Wakjira

Coleoptera 8

Minute Tree-Fungus Beetles

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Cisidae

Species: Ropalodontus perforatus

Distinguishing morphological features of Family:

▪ Body: Elongate, cylindrical, Brownish body with erect pubescence

▪ Head: Concealed from above

▪ Antennae: 3 segmented club

▪ Tarsi: 4-4-4, 1st 3 segments short

Ecological importance:

Economic importance: In the United states, the pleasing fungus ar not economically important, but in the Orient where many people regularly collect and eat wild mushrooms, pleasing fungus beetle may be considered a pest. Many of the fungi upon which these beetles feed ar edible by humans. These fungi is easily cultivated and they are not sought after by most people. With the increasing popularity of mushroom and culture technological advances, it is possible that pleasing fungus beetles may become economically important to the states.


Assassin Bug

Order: Hemiptera

Family: Reduviidae

Species: barberi

Distinguishing morphological features of Family:

▪ Body: generally oval, sometimes greatly elongated and resembling a walkingstick. Front femora generally thickened. Edges of abdomen often extended laterally beyond wings.

▪ Head: Elongated, a transverse groove between eyes. Ocelli usually present.

▪ Antennae: 4-segmented, sometimes with 1 or more segments divided into subsegments.

▪ Tarsi: 3-segmented, brown colored

Ecological importance: Terrestrial predators

Economic importance: Assassin bugs are predaceous, feeding on various types of insects.

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