Sarah Herrera: Diptera

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Diptera Specimen

Family: Sciaridae

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: 2

Collectors: Sarah Herrera, Johnny Martinez, Wendy Gomez

Distinguishing morphological features of Family:

▪ Body: A slender body with long legs and relatively long antennae with many segments of similar shape and size.

▪ Mouthparts: varies; sucking mouthparts, sometimes adapted for piercing

▪ Antennae: filiform, stylate, or aristate

▪ Tarsi: nearly always 5 segmented.

▪ Eyes: Very Large.

Ecological importance: Pollinate flowering plants, assist in the decomposition of organic matter, or serve as bio-control agents of insect pests.

Economic importance: Major pest to agricultural plants, it also contributed to spreading of diseases to other organisms, including human and it parasitize the host.

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