Specimen 202 - Adriaan Buisman

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Order: Lepidoptera

Location of collection: GGC2

Date of collection: August 2012

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity:

Distinguishing morphological features of Order: Large membranous wings that are covered in scales. Coiled sucking mouthparts. Examples: Moths, Butterflies. (1)

Sub-order ? Family ? After sequencing, genus and species ?

Geographical Distribution: Lepidopterans live on every continent except Antarctica. They are most successful, however, in tropical climates. (2)

Life cycle: Full Metamorphosis: Egg, Larva, Pupa, Adult (2)

Sexual dimorphism: Adult females are capable of giving of a scent to attract males, also often times coloration is different between sexes. (2)

What it eats: As a larva it mostly feeds on foliage, although there are some that feed on other parts of plants such as roots. (2)

Habitat: Can vary significantly from species to species, as Lepidopterans often fill very specific niches. (2)

Ecological Importance: Some species of Lepidoptera are important for pollination of plants. As larvae many species are pests that consume vast amounts of plantlife. (2)

Economic/agricultural/human health importance: Specifically, larvae of the domesticated silkworm is important for making silk. But in general lepidopteran larvae are quite detrimental to human crops. Some moths are also known to eat clothing and other materials and are considered pests. However, at the other end of the spectrum there are other Lepidopterans that act as pest control by consuming other insects. (2)

PCR product: gel picture?

Sequence data:

Photo: Specimen 202

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

2. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/336811/lepidopteran

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