Location of collection: GGC2
Date of collection: August 2012
Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity:
Distinguishing morphological features of Order: Sucking mouthparts; Beak rising from the back of the head; usually have four wings if wings are present (difficult to see in the picture) (1)
Sub-order ? Family ? After sequencing, genus and species ?
Geographical Distribution: Distributed Worldwide (2)
Life cycle: The young stages resemble adult stages minus wings. The nymph's molt several times, gradually growing to adulthood. (2)
Sexual dimorphism: There are differences between males and females of homopterans, often in coloration or size and shape. (2)
What it eats: All homopterans are plant feeders that have mouthparts for sucking sap from plants. Homopterans often eat more than they need and excrete a fluid from their abdomen known as honeydew. (2)
Habitat: Due to their diet, they will usually only live where a great deal of flora is present for them to consume; more specifically individual species usually have a preferred plant that they will live nearby. (2)
Ecological Importance: Usually an important prey for insects higher on the foodchain, either through predation or parasitism. (2)
Economic/agricultural/human health importance: Can cause significant damage to crops because of their diets. If a number of them get into crops, the economic impact can be very severe. (2)
PCR product: gel picture?