Stefany Alvarado: Diptera
- Order: Diptera
- Suborder: Nematocera
- Family: Simuliidae
Date of collection: August 27, 2018
Location of collection: George Pierce park (upstream)
Shannon-Wiener H' Value: 2.86489530810314
Rank Abundance: 43/140
Collectors: Stefany Alvarado, Alexis Shephard, Christina Garcia, & Dell Kramer
Distinguishing Morphological features:
- Body: large and moveable head.
- eyes: compound eyes often very large. The mesothorax enlarged, with the prothorax and metathorax small.
- Wings: One pair of wings (forewings). Hindwing's reduced to club-like halters, used for balance.
- Mouthparts: Sucking, piercing, and sucking or sponge-like mouthparts, adapted for a liquid diet.
- Antennae: Relatively long antennae with many segments of similar shape and size.
Ecological Importance & Economic Importance:
- One of the largest and diverse insects orders toward species richness, habitat exploitation, and life habitats.
- One of the importance in terms of its interaction with humans, such as spreading diseases and causing agricultural losses.
- These insects are also a crucial importance to forensic science.