Taylor Bowen: Coleoptera
Location of collection: 34°03'00.5"N 83°53'21.3"W
Date of collection: 09/27/2018
Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 3.2060663
Collectors: Taylor Bowen, Christina Rojasycaza, Deidrea Darroux, Tim Hoang
Distinguishing morphological features of Family:
▪ Front wings are hardened into wing-cases called elytra, which are not used for flight
▪ Hard exoskeleton
▪ The thorax is segmented into two prts: the prothorax and the pterothorax
▪ The abdomen is made up of a series of rings, each with a hole for respration
Ecological importance: Many types of beetles are decomposers, aiding in the cycling of nutrients in the environment. Many species are predators, keeping smaller insects, such as aphids, under control.
Economic Importance: Many are regarded as pests because they eat and damage all parts of plants, including fibers, grains, and wood products.