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Bark Lice

Cerastipsocus trifasciatus


Tiny bark lice with black and transparent wings, red-orange heads, and striped abdomens. Nymphs are wingless. Bark lice belong to the order Psocoptera--and are beneficial insects that work as cleanup crews for trees by feeding on excess fungi, lichens and other debris found on tree bark.


Hardwood branch in dense mixed hardwood forest

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flowntheloop 8 months ago

Thank you, Mark! I thought they were pretty cool :) I wish the shots were more clear, but they were very difficult to photograph.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 months ago

Nice find. Good shots.

Georgia, USA

Lat: 34.58, Long: -84.69

Spotted on Sep 9, 2017
Submitted on Sep 13, 2017

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