Specimen 287- Aaron Poulsen

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Location of collection: GGC 4

Date of collection: 8/31/12 to 9/1/12

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 3.69


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Distinguishing morphological features of Order:

When separated by morpho-species was thought to be Homoptera. DNA identified it as Hemiptera. Hemiptera are the true bugs with sucking mouth parts that usually segmented beaks from the front of the head. The base of the forewing is usually thickened with the tip being membranous. Wings are usually flat and held overlapping on the back. Pronotum is usually large followed by a triangular and visible scutellum. Scutellum and overlapping wings form an "x" pattern. Antennae long with 5 of fewer segments. Some antennae are short and concealed in the head. Tarsi have three or fewer segments.

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

82% DNA match

Family: Cicadellidae


Species: coagulate now vitripennis

Common name: Glassy-winged Sharpshooter

Geographical Distribution:

Northern Mexico moving into US.

Life cycle:

Eggs, nymph, adult.

Sexual dimorphism:

Yes- brochosomes

What it eats:Larval/nymphal stage Adult stage

Xylem fluids of as many a 70 plant species. Has an efficient filtration system that pulls the nutrients from the lage amount of consummed fluid.

Habitat: Larval/nymphal stage Adult stage

Eggs- inside of leaf tissue. Young- undersides of leaves. Adults- on plants.

Ecological Importance: Larval/nymphal stage Adult stage

Plant parasite/pest. Disease vector.

Economic/agricultural/human health importance: Larval/nymphal stage Adult stage

Damages many agricultural and ornamental plants and is vector for many disease pathogens.

PCR product: gel picture?

Sequence data:


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