Wendy Gomez: Diptera

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Family: Limoniinae

Location of collection: 33°05'47.12"N 84°05'27.43"W

Date of collection: 08/27/2018

Shannon-Wiener Index of Biodiversity: H' = 3.28931442

Rank abundance: 1

Collectors: Wendy Gomez, Sarah Herrera, and Johnny Martinez

Distinguishing morphological features of Family:

▪ Body: A slender body with long legs and relatively long antennae with many segments of similar shape and size.

▪ Mouthparts: varies; sucking mouthparts, sometimes adapted for piercing

▪ Antennae: filiform, stylate, or aristate

▪ Tarsi: nearly always 5 segmented.

▪ Eyes: Usually large.

▪ Wings: only front winds developed, hind wings are reduced to knob-like halteres

Ecological importance: occupy a wide range of habitats including, swamps and marshes and decaying plant material

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