Johnny Martinez: Diptera

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Diptera Specimen

Order: Diptera

Family: Psychodidae

Sub Family: Phlebotominae

Location of collection: 33°05'47.12"N 84°05'27.43"W

Date of collection: 08/27/2018

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 3.28931442

Rank abundance: 3

Collectors: Wendy Gomez, Sarah Herrera, Johnny Martinez

Distinguishing morphological features of Family:

▪ Body: Small white body.

▪ Mouthparts: sucking mouthparts, ingests blood of other organisms.

▪ Antennae: long, segmented antennae with hair like filaments.

▪ Tarsi: Segmented and thin

▪ Eyes: Large black eyes

Ecological importance: It is a carrier of a parasite called Leishmania which it can give to humans when sucking blood.

Economic importance: Because they can infect people, there is a need for medical intervention which is not cheap and it is difficult to track spawn locations of these bugs.

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