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Research Project: Systematics of Moths Significant to Biodiversity, Quarantine, and Control, with a Focus on Invasive Species

Location: Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Title: Overview: Identification characters of Lepidoptera eggs (Insecta)

item Solis, M Alma

Submitted to: World Wide Web
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/19/2017
Publication Date: 4/19/2017
Citation: Solis, M.A. 2017. Overview: Identification characters of Lepidoptera eggs (Insecta). World Wide Web.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: There are 160,000 species of described Lepidoptera, or moths and butterflies, on Earth. The egg stage is the least known biological stage of moths and butterflies and there have been very few comparative studies. The purpose of this video is to provide the few, major characteristics of Lepidoptera eggs, briefly compare them to other types of insect eggs, and to survey the morphology and diversity of egg morphologies. This video will be useful to the public, other scientists, such as biological control researchers, and especially to quarantine specialists at U.S. ports to detect eggs of potentially invasive moths.