Lillian Karroum: Diptera

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Order: Diptera

Location of collection: Environmental Heritage Center Upstream

Morphospecies ID: Diptera Species 2

Family: Muscidae

Date of collection: August 27, 2018 - August 29, 2018

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 3.898

Rank abundance: 3

Collectors: Lillian Karroum, Shelby Heller, Matt Tatz, and Juan Garcia

Taxonomic Information:

▪ Body: length 4-7 mm, pointed elongate abdomen

▪ Mouthparts: extended forward

• Veins: sharp upward bend in the fourth longitudinal wing vein

• Eyes: Large compound eyes

▪ Antennae: three-segmented antennae

▪ Tarsi: have chemoreceptors, organs for taste, on the tarsi of their legs

Ecological importance: They feed on plant and animal exudates.

Economic importance: They are important pests when cultivating cereals, like rice and maize.

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