Jasmeen Sunner: Diptera 1

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Specimen #: 3

Order: Diptera

Date of Collection: August, 2018

Location: 34°03'41.0"N 84°02'45.2"W

Species Abundance: 5

Distinguishing Morphological Features:

-Small bodied golden colored flies

-Reddish eyes

-Converging post vertical bristles.

-One pair of developed front wings and a pair of undeveloped back wings(halteres)

-Five segmented tarsi

-Bristles on the thorax and on the frons.

-These are common in wooded areas.

Ecological and Economic / Public Importance:

-Larvae eat decaying forest matter, such as leaves and similar vegetation.

-They are a very important food for larger animals.

-Many of them are considered to be pests, as they are scavengers as adults.

-Good pollinators.

Economic Importance:

-Good pollinators

-Can spread disease

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