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black eyed and dusty gray

black eyed and dusty gray
Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
June 30, 2007
Size: between 3 and 5 mm
Looks like Issidae but doesn't match anything I could find.

I think this is Exortus
Exortus was formerly in Hysteropterum which is the genus Dr. Hamilton first placed this image in...

Exortus genus page

Exortus fuscomaculosus (Doering)
- Range: FL
Det. A. Hamilton, 2008

Exortus punctiferus (Walker)
- Range: TX, FL-SC
Det. L. B. O'Brien, 2003

that does seem possible. the pale costal margin and the shortness of the wings as well as the high pruinosity makes me skeptical though. I asked Charles Bartlett about this one a while ago and at the time he suggested that it could be a subbrachypterous Kathleenum. I’m not really sure what to make of this one.

what abt Kathleenum cornutum??
this K. cornutum has a pale costal margin...

Kathleenum cornutum (Melichar)
- widely dist. in w. US
Det. S. Hendrix, 2021

it seems
like the most likely candidate to me, but without seeing the markings I’m unsure. the wing shape seems off as well. hopefully we’ll see more specimens like this one.

edit: C.R. Bartlett determined that specimen from photos by the way, I just moved it

Moved for now

Just saying
This is without doubt one of the cutest insects I've seen. Great find, Valerie.

Moved from Issidae.

Hysteropterum cornutum
An Issid related to Thionia, but shorter. This is the palest species in the genus.

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