Specimen 201 - Adriaan Buisman

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Order: Homoptera

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?

Sequence data:

Photo: Specimen 201

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1. Key Characters for Identifying Insect Orders (Handout from Lab)

2. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/270625/homopteran

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