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Species Oligotoma nigra - Black Webspinner

Black Webspinner - Oligotoma nigra Embioptera male subadult on pomegranate - Oligotoma nigra - male unknown insect - Oligotoma nigra Black Webspinner - Oligotoma nigra - male Embiidina #4 for ID - Oligotoma nigra - male Embiidina #6 for ID - Oligotoma nigra - male Male Webspinner - Oligotoma nigra - male Rescued from Black Widow - Oligotoma nigra - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Embiidina (Webspinners)
Family Oligotomidae
Genus Oligotoma
Species nigra (Black Webspinner)
Explanation of Names
Oligotoma nigra (Hagen 1866)
Latin niger 'black'
>9 mm
most of body uniformly blackish or dark brownish; only males have wings
native to India, now widespread in the tropics globally; in our area, sw. US (TX-CA-UT)(1)
winged males come to lights
probably introduced to NA in the late 1800s in date palm cuttings from Egypt/Persian Gulf (Ross 1957)
See Also
O. saundersii is similar but doesn't currently occur west of TX
Internet References
Fact sheet (Bartelt 2011)(2)