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tiny insect - Systelloderes biceps - male

tiny insect - Systelloderes biceps - Male
Woburn, Massachusetts, USA
April 16, 2005
It's the same size as a small springtail, and was under a rock with springtails. I can't figure out what classification this goes under.

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tiny insect - Systelloderes biceps - male tiny insect - Systelloderes biceps

Moved tentatively
Moved from Systelloderes.

Moved to Systelloderes
Moved from Unique-headed Bugs. Looking at the key in Slater (1), this appears to be Systelloderes, as already mentioned by Eric Eaton. See guide page for genus.

Male webspinner (Embioptera)
Hello Guys,
Tony is right on this one, this is a male (because it is fully winged) Embioptera or Webspinner
Only three families are present in North America: Anisembiidae (2 species), Teratembiidae (4 species) and Oligotomidae (3 species).
All of these occur in the southern United States and most have fairly restricted ranges. Characteristics for the order are some of the following: Antennae slender, filiform; Mouthparts mandibulate, prognathous; Tarsi 3-segmented (basal segment of front tarsi enlarged, bearing silk glands); Hind femur enlarged, adapted for running backward; Wings present only in adult males, highly flexible, smoky in color; Cerci 1-2 segmented; asymmetrical in males
Gerard Pennards

Beauty of Entomology!
Yes, I agree with Eric!
In my enthousiasm I really thought this is a Embioptera, also because I have once seen a picture of a male Embioptera which looks remarkedly alike with this Bug, also its front legs which are swollen. But after reexamination I also go along with Hemiptera!
The head and thorax seem to be broader within Embioptera!
It shows the beauty of Entomology, where you can learn something interesting every day! :-))))
Gerard Pennards

Unique-Headed bug
Actually, Paul is correct, this is a true bug, albeit one rarely seen, in the family Eniocephalidae. They are so bizarre that many entomologists think they represent an entire suborder in the Hemiptera. The species here may be Systelloderes biceps, which ranges from New England to FL, west to UT and AZ. Nice work, Tom!

I thought I had lost it. :-)


A webspinner?
Just a may be worth exploring...

True bug
From what I can see of it, it has all the makings of a true bug (Heteroptera), small as it may be.


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