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bark louse

Family: psocidae


A small 2mm long insect with prominent eyes, long sweeping segmented antennae and a narrow neck. I could clearly see round black markings on thoracic segments and smaller black marks on the abdominal segments. It could have had wings but there appeared to be a "floating" layer around the body with white specks ( ? debris). The insect did not fly but kept running for cover under bark. Body looked slightly dorso-ventrally flattened but could not see clearly enough to confirm this.


Eucalyptus tree bark


I saw another similar insect appear from a tiny hole in in the bark but he dissappeared soon after. The only insect similar to this was in the Family Psocidae - bark lice. I would greatly appreciate confirmation of my ID. Unsure of the genus. Could this be a nymph ?

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 11 years ago

Thanks so much for the confirmation Martin. I agree that this one is a nymph.

MartinL 11 years ago

I agree with bark louse. I believe its still a nymph and therefore has no wings yet. Well, spring is still young. They are often profuse. Here's an example;

Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

3802, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Sep 19, 2012
Submitted on Sep 23, 2012

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