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Large, colorful, Barklouse - Elipsocus

Large, colorful, Barklouse - Elipsocus
Watsonville, La Selva Beach neighborhood, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
July 25, 2017
Size: ~4mm
with the red grill on the front of the face, red patches on the side and 5 glossy marks on the dorsal meta area (two partially obscured by wings, this will probably not remain a mystery for long. It may be associated with Sequoias. Also it is enormous at 4mm, if not a hair over that.

The right wing got folded when I pull him out of some water. It would seem BL wings are extremely membranous. A wasp would have quickly dried them off, but this insect was content to wait. Anyway, I can now see the advantage that elytra provide for beetles!

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Large, colorful, Barklouse - Elipsocus Large, colorful, Barklouse - Elipsocus Large, colorful, Barklouse - Elipsocus

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I think it's
Elipsocus pumilis (Elipsocidae) but I'm not sure of species. I'm sending it on to Mockford for his opinion.

 
I have to update the location to Watsonville, CA
The La Selva Beach region to be exact. I am so used to finding bugs in my neighborhood I entered Santa Cruz, CA out of habit.

Santa Cruz, CA still stands for the more recent

I do see a lot of color similarity, but while they may be the same genus they are pretty different. Just so you know, this location is 12 miles south of here. I would say 10 miles as the bug flies, but more than half would be over the bay, and I am thinking these Psocids would rather take the long route!

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