Large, colorful, Barklouse - Elipsocus
Watsonville, La Selva Beach neighborhood, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
July 25, 2017
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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