Specimen 218 - Jason Lamb

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Location of collection:

GGC site 3

Date of collection:

September 2012

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity:

Distinguishing Order Characteristics:

  • 1. Two pairs of membranous wings, covered with scales like shingles on a roof.
  • 2. Large compund eyes.
  • 3. One ocelli present above each eye.
  • 4. Antennae are long and slender



After sequencing, genus and species?

Geographical Lcoation:

Throughout the entire world

Life cycle:

Egg, catepillar/larva, chrysalis/pupa, butterfly emerges. The amount of time it takes for the egg to hatch depends on the species and environmental factors. After the hatching occurs, the larva is in its instar, or non-molted stage. It reaches the second instar from outgrowing its first cuticle and molting. The cycle of eating, pooping, and molting repeats until the pupal stage is ready. During the pupal stage, no feeding occurs as well as no movement. Histolysis happens within this process. After metamorphosis is complete, trigger signals such as chemical or temperature will tell the adult to emerge.

Sexual dimorphism:

Color variation on the wings can determine the male from the female. Females are also known to have certain variations of mimicry, that the male do not have. Most often found through genetic determination.

What it eats:

Primarily plant feeders.


  • They live among a terrestrial environment.

Ecological Importance

  • They are pollinators, and are provided as food for other animals.

Economic/human importance:

  • They eat lots of agricultural crops.

PCR product: gel picture?

Sequence data:

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Other specimens done by Jason Lamb this term

Specimen 216 - Jason Lamb

Specimen 217 - Jason Lamb

Specimen 219 - Jason Lamb

Specimen 220 - Jason Lamb

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