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Family Tingidae - Minitingis

Family Tingidae - Minitingis
Naples , Collier County, Florida, USA
December 29, 2014
Size: 2 mm
This lace bug was collected in a sample of pine needle litter collected under a Southern Florida Slash Pine.

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Moved from Cantacaderinae.

Moved from Lace Bugs.

and i mean, WOW.

I knew it was a beautiful insect, but I had no idea it is so rare. Thanks so much for the Subfamily ID. Do you think it is an undescribed species? If so, this would be the fourth undescribed species from only 6 gallons of leaf litter that I've been examining from an 8-acre gopher tortoise preserve.

Minitingis species?
I have a specimen from the Archbold Biol.Sta., FL that seems to be practically identical to yours. It was identified by the "donor" as M. minusculus, but it doesn't fully match the description by several characters. I'd like to see more specimens before jumping into conclusions, but there's a chance we have an undetermined species here.

yes, Wow!
I'm glad Vassili spotted it and pointed it out to me. This is a great finding!
So far, I believe this is in the genus Minitingis but I can't pinpoint the species quite yet. Would it be possible for you to take more images of the specimen? Unfortunately, some characters are out of focus. It would be good to have another dorsal image, a lateral view showing details of the head and under the wing, and a ventral view, so I can see how far the rostrum/labium (beak) reaches. I'm going over original descriptions to see if there's anything else that can help decide if this could be something new or just a variation related to a brachypterous (short winged) form; there's at least one character that doesn't match either one of the possible species.

these images help. The more I look at this little "critter", the more details I see. Somehow, I missed seeing all the spines on its head before.

number of spines?
Talking about spines, can you tell me how many do you see? I seem to be missing one pair, maybe they're overlapping in the picture, but I'd like to make sure they're all there.

i can count seven with confidence on the photos
the profile is especially helpful
Laura, does your acc't let you to see images full-size?

I'm not sure,
I enlarge them with Ctrl-click. Please tell me how to get the full size view.
Yes,I seemed to see the jugal pair on the lateral view, but wasn't sure. Great! Thanks.

the "(562x900)" thing at the bottom right of the image --
do you or do you not see it?

Is not there, I don't see it anywhere.

that's too bad... you've been on BG way longer than me and i was sure your account has been upgraded years ago to the 'expert' status (which provides access to the full-size pics where available)
i'll request the upgrade asap

I wasn't aware of that. Thank you!

try now
you can just click on the image, of use the 'full size' feature [under the thumbnails]

it works
Thank you!

Thanks so
much for working on this ID for me. I really appreciate it. Yes, I can take more photographs. Now, I will attach a somewhat poor lateral image I took earlier, but at my next opportunity I will take a full set of new images.

for the additional pics, the ventral one is particularly helpful; by the way, it's a male...

credit goes to Dr Laura Miller whom i notified immediately...
...of this mystery tingid that is so much unlike any i've ever seen
she fired back right away that it's a very cool bug in Cantacaderinae: Phatnomatini...
she's on it, and will post her comments herself; let's wait

so much for the info.

Moved from ID Request.

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