GGC Milan Panchal Fall 2016

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Hymenoptera

Location of collection: Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W (GGC Site Downstream GGC)

Date of collection: 8/29/2016

H': 3.375

Photo:

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Collectors:

  • Milan Panchal
  • Fernandez Tabor
  • John Karaulic
  • Latedra Tucker

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

  • Body "wasp-like" constricted between thorax and abdomen
  • Forewings slightly larger than hindwings
  • Fairly long antennae
  • Well developed ovipositor
  • well developed chewing mandibles

Importance:

  • They are natural enemies of insect pests (parasitic wasps)

Economic/agricultural/human health importance:

  • They are pollinators of wild and cultivated flowering plants, as parasites of destructive insects, and as makers of honey.



Orthoptera

Location of collection: Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W (GGC Site Downstream GGC)

Date of collection: 8/29/2016

H': 3.375

Photo:

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Collectors:

  • Milan Panchal
  • Fernandez Tabor
  • John Karaulic
  • Latedra Tucker

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

  • Hindlegs adapted for jumping
  • Hind femur is usually swollen
  • Present cerci
  • Chewing Mouthparts
  • Wingless

Importance:

  • Supply a large amount of protein to predators, also their droppings called frass supply nutrients to plants.

Economic/agricultural/human health importance:

  • This species feeds on all types of plants and usually cause extreme economic damage. Swarms of grasshoppers are called locusts and appear in parts of Asia, Africa, and North America and destroy crops



Diptera

Location of collection: Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W (GGC Site Downstream GGC)

Date of collection: 8/29/2016

H': 3.375

Photo:

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Collectors:

  • Milan Panchal
  • Fernandez Tabor
  • John Karaulic
  • Latedra Tucker

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

  • Forewings are developed
  • Hindwings reduced to knob-like halteres
  • Large eyes
  • One set of wings
  • 5 segmented tarsi

Importance:

  • Recycle consumed decaying waste. They themselves are a nutritious food source for birds, spiders, and other insects.

Economic/agricultural/human health importance:

  • Houseflys spread several diseases to humans



Coleoptera

Location of collection: Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W (GGC Site Downstream GGC)

Date of collection: 8/29/2016

H': 3.375

Photo:

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Collectors:

  • Milan Panchal
  • Fernandez Tabor
  • John Karaulic
  • Latedra Tucker

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

  • Hardened forewings
  • Pronotum is usually large
  • Cerci is absent
  • Chewing mouthparts
  • Antennae attached to beak

Importance:

  • Herbivores, feed on leaves, stems, roots, etc.

Economic/agricultural/human health importance:

  • Coleoptera are major pests, known for attacking all parts of a plant



Lepidoptera

Location of collection: Latitude: 33 degrees 58' 41.90"N, Longitude; 84 degree 1' 9.13"W (GGC Site Downstream GGC)

Date of collection: 8/29/2016

H': 3.375

Photo:

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Collectors:

  • Milan Panchal
  • Fernandez Tabor
  • John Karaulic
  • Latedra Tucker

Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

  • Large wings
  • Forewings slightly longer than hindwings
  • Sucking mouthparts in shape of coiled tube at rest
  • Slender long antennae

Importance:

  • food for a wide variety of wildlife, including other insects, spiders, frogs, lizards, bats and birds.

Economic/agricultural/human health importance:

  • Impacts plants by eating their leaves causing plants to evolve with special chemicals to appear less appealing. They also benefit plants by pollinating flowers by feeding on nectar
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