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barklice - Ptycta polluta

barklice - Ptycta polluta
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
July 7, 2007

No apology needed
Philip, you've been a great help identifying these barklice. You've given me more incentive to look harder for this order of insects!

Thanks Philip
Now that these are getting identified to species, it gives me an incentive to look harder for new ones.

Ptycta polluta
I am so sorry I had this miss IDed. I got very excited about the wing markings and did not think about location of find and head markings. We are in fact looking at Ptycta polluta; Family Psocidae. The wing markings are distinctive for the northeast... scalloped brown marks along the upper last half of the forewing (m1,m2,m3) and how those markings continue down the centre of the wing to the white and brown wedge on the bottom of the wing (pterostigma). In the south west watch out for the one I mixed it up with Metylophorus barretti; Family Psocidae.

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