Group 3, Diptera Spring 2016

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Meagan Coleman- Diptera Species 1


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

Date collected: February 6,2016

H': 2.256948328

Order characteristics: Wings: only FW developed, HW reduced to knob-like halteres^(1); Eyes: usually large; Tarsi: nearly always 5 segmented; Mouthparts: variable (one set of wings)

Ecological importance: Pollination, parasitism among other animals, and assist in decomposition of organic matter.

Economic importance: Can be pollinators, serve as biocontrol agents of insect pests, and transmits diseases diseases to humans and domestic animals.

Allison Claybrook- Diptera Species 2


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

Date of Collection: February 6th, 2016

H’ Value for GGC 4: 2.256948328

Distinguishing Features: Diptera almost always have five segmented body parts. Diptera have one pair of wings, and two haltered wings behind the hind legs. Most Diptera have sectorial mouthparts, and the eyes are usually large and oval shaped.

Ecological Importance: Diptera can be pollinators for plants and flowers. The larvae stage of Diptera decomposes organic matter for the ecosystem, and some serve as important biocontrol agents of insect pests. Diptera are an important food source of many predators, which helps keep a balanced ecosystem.

Economic/Agricultural/Health Importance: Most are pests to humans, but some Diptera are pollinators for ecosystems. Diptera serve as a control for other insect pests.

Alex Menkes- Diptera Species 3


Location of collection:

Lat: 33°58'56.2" N Long: 84°00'06.2" W

Date of collection: February 2016


Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

One pair of membranous wings Large compound eyes Sucking mouth parts Short simple antennae Hind wings reduced to small halters.

Ecological Importance:

Function as detrivores and scavengers Help break down decaying matter Function as food for prey

Economic/agricultural/human health importance:

Can speed up nutrient cycling Used to study new potential medicines Help pollinate flowers Help produce chocolate

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