Specimen 303: Rachel Horton and Rachael Parcells

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Location of collection: GGC 4

Date of collection: November 2012

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: 2.360912

Distinguishing morphological features of Order: The are wings large, and membranous. The front wings are longer than the hind wings and covered with scales. The mouth parts are sucking, in a form of coiled tube at rest. The antennae are slender and long.

Family: Blastobasidae After sequencing, genus and species: Pigritia

Geographical Distribution: Lepidoptera are present all across the world except for Anartica.

Life cycle: Egg--->Larva--->Pupa--->Adult

Sexual dimorphism: Lepidoptera can differ in color and number of attributes within a single species. Between geographically in some species, the polymorphism is limited to one sex, typically the female. This often includes the phenomenon of mimicry when mimetic morphs fly alongside non-mimetic morphs in a population of a particular species.

What it eats-- Larval/nymphal stage: Feeds on vegetation Adult stage: Adult lepidoptera eat nectar

Habitat-- Larval/nymphal stage: Lepidoptera live out there larval stage on vegetation where they feed and build up nutrients to go through metamorphosis. Adult stage: Adult Lepidoptera are able to live in just about any habitat that has enough vegetation to for their larva. They are present all across the world except for Anartica.

Ecological Importance Larval/nymphal stage and Adult stage: Larvae and pupae are links in the diet of birds and parasitic insects and also help pollinate plants.

Economic/agricultural/human health importance: Lepidoptera help to pollinate crops and can be considered pests to some agricultural crops. Lepidoptera are harvested for silk in the textile production.

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