Speciman 155 - Umair Azhar
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Distinguishing morphological features of Order: Related to butterflies and often mistaken for them. However, moths have feathery antenna unlike the slender ones on butterflies. Many of these species have a filament rising from the hindwing and barbs from the forewing. Moths are look short and have hairier bodies, unlike butterflies. The wings are often dull and neutral colors are common due to nocturnal activity.
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Geographical Distribution: Found in many different environment. Very common sight at night around artificial lights.
Life cycle: Egg>larva/caterpillar>pupa>adult
Sexual dimorphism: Females have larger abdomens since they carry eggs. Males are usually smaller and darker in color while the females are more lighter.
What it eats: Moths drink nectar from flowers. Also known for eating fibers of cotton and wool clothing. Adult moths are also known to not eat at all.
Habitat: Trees, shrubs and bushes. Also found in homes and buildings as invasive species.
Ecological Importance: Has many predators that use it for an energy source. Also help with pollination of flowering plants.
Economic/agricultural/human health importance: Considered as a pest due to destruction of crops, forests and clothing. However, very useful, since the silk worm is a larval form of a related suborder and is used in the production of silk.
PCR product: gel picture?