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Pseudophacopteron - female

Pseudophacopteron - Female
Avondale, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
April 17, 2015
Size: 1.0 mm
Collected on a sticky trap while surveying for Asian Citrus Psyllid. This is a rare find in AZ and the U.S. in general. Identified by AZ State Entomologist Aleks Woodroffe as Pseudophacopteron sp. (family Phacopteronidae), likely an undescribed species. According to Aleks, this species was also collected in 2011 in Chandler and Tucson, AZ.

So, a really cool find, a new family for BugGuide, and I wish I had taken better photos! I hope others (are you listening, Avondale, Chandler, and Tucson?) will scour their neighborhoods for this mysterious little insect. In particular, it would be good to know the host plant(s).

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Pseudophacopteron - female Pseudophacopteron - female

the latest issue of Florida T
the latest issue of Florida Triology published this week lists Bursera simaruba (Sapindales: Burseraceae) as a host for the undescribed Pseudophacopteron sp recently discovered in Florida. I think the Arizona Pseudophacopteron is a different species, but worth noting perhaps that another Bursera sp. extends into Arizona: Bursera microphylla, and the distribution of this plant covers the area of the known Pseudophacopteron Arizona records. This may very well not be the host, but could be a potential lead worth investigating. I hope to spend some more time in Arizona this year and will try to spend some time searching this plant.

Great lead!
Thanks, Chris! It turns out that Bursera microphylla occurs naturally in some of the mountains in the Phoenix area, so I should be able to investigate this possibility within the next few months.

Simply awesome...

cool... thank you so much, Drs Botz and Woodroffe!
Moved from Psylloidea.

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