Specimen 184 - Crystal Sims
Location of collection: GGC 2
Date of collection: 08/28/2012
Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H'= 1.648
Distinguishing morphological features of Order: Slender, long antennae. Larger wings. 2 sets of wings.
genus and species
Geographical DistributionThey are found on all continents, except Antarctica.
Life cycle usually reproduce sexually and are oviparous (egg-laying), though some species exhibit live birth in a process called ovoviviparity. The larvae or caterpillars are the first stage in the life cycle after hatching. Any form of wings are externally visible on the larva. Most lepidopteran species do not live long after eclosion, only needing a few days to find a mate and then lay their eggs.
Sexual dimorphism polymorphism is limited to one sex, typically the female. This often includes the phenomenon of mimicry when mimetic morphs fly alongside non-mimetic morphs in a population of a particular species.
What it eats: Most adult butterflies and moths feed on the nectar inside flowers, using their proboscis to reach the nectar hidden at the base of the petals.
Habitat: Lepidoptera inhabit all terrestrial habitats ranging from desert to rainforest, from lowland grasslands to montane plateaus but almost always associated with higher plants, especially angiosperms (flowering plants).
Ecological Importance: Moths and Butterflies are important in the natural ecosystem. They are integral participants in the food chain, having co-evolved with flowering plants and predators, lepidopteran species have formed a network of trophic relationships between autotrophs and heterotrophs, which are included in the stages of Lepidoptera larvae, pupae and adults. Larvae and pupae are links in the diet of birds and parasitic entomophagous insects.
Economic/agricultural/human health importance: The adults are included in food webs in a much broader range of consumers (including birds, small mammals, reptiles, etc.).
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