BIO 203


Domain- Eukarya
The L. obliqua is in the domain eukarya because it has as endomembrane system including the endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus, vacuoles, and nucleus.

Kingdom- Animalia
The L. obliqua is a part of the kingdom Animalia because it is multicellular and obtain energy from other organisms.

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Figure 1. This phylogenetic tree represents where the L. obliqua belongs in retrospect to the domain and kingdom it belongs to. The caterpillar belongs to the kingdom Animalia which come off of the branch eukaryotes and you can clearly see it represented in this tree.  

Phylum- Arthropoda
The L. obliqua is a part of the phylum arthropoda because it has bilateral symmetry and their bodies are made up from segmented parts and usually have appendages that are joined at most of the body segments. Also their bodies are protected by an exoskeleton and undergo ecdysis (molting).

Class- Insecta
The L. obliqua is a part of the class insecta because it has three pairs of legs, a segmented body consisting of a head, thorax, and abdomen as well as one pair of antennae.

Order- Lepidoptera
The L. obliqua is part of the order Lepidoptera because it is in classification of either a moth or a butterfly. It is characterized by its membranous wings, and going through metamorphosis going through several different life forms.
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Figure 2. This phylogentic tree shows the evolution of the insect orders. The  order Lepidoptera to which the L. obliqua belongs to is under the red branch of the tree.

Family- Saturniidae
The L. obliqua is part of the family saturniidae because it is a moth. The family separates moths and butterflies. They all contain characteristics of large heavy bodies covered in hair like scales, lobed wings, reduced mouthparts, and a large head.

Genus- Lonomia
L. obliqua is part of the genus Lonomia because it has a venomous caterpillar. The genus Lonomia all live in South America with highly venomous caterpillars.
Species- Lonomia obliqua

Next we will move on to the habitat and interations!

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