Wendy Gomez: Homoptera

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Family: Cercopidae

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

Collectors: Wendy Gomez, Sarah Herrera, and Johnny Martinez

Distinguishing morphological features of Family:

▪ Body: Shiny black with red-orange stripes

▪ Mouthparts: similar to hemiptera, sucking, formed into a beak, usually several segmented, but rising from the back of the head

▪ Wings: Usually 4 (when present), front wings are leathery or membranous, uniform texture throughout, wings at rest held roof-like over abdomen

▪ Antennae: short, bristle-like

Ecological importance: Feed on plant sap and may damage crops

Economic importance: no economic damage

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