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Oxycarenidae ? - Microplax albofasciata

Oxycarenidae ? - Microplax albofasciata
Roseburg, Or, Douglas County, Oregon, USA
May 9, 2021
Size: about 4 mm without ovipos
found in my 'Bug Garden', i.e. a sunny location with a mix of plants

Moved from Oxycarenidae.

From Dr. Thomas Henry, co-author of this paper: "I agree with you that the photo is of Microplax albofasciata. It is quite a range extension from our records in southern California, suggesting that it probably represents a separate introduction. Would loved to have had the specimen for the USNM collection."

If you happen to see it again, and you're able to collect it, I can put you in touch with Dr. Henry.

Macroplax albofasciata
I'll watch for it. I spend an average of 30 min a day observing my 16 square foot 'Bug Farm' -- so fascinating! If I do collect one, do I put it in isopropyl alcohol ? ....or just let it dry ?

I'm not a collector myself... I'm reluctant to advise. If you'd like to ask Dr. Henry how to preserve one if you encounter it again, you can reach him at the email address on this page.

Moved for expert attention
Moved from ID Request.

Looks an awful lot like Microplax albofasciata:

That would represent quite a range extension, though. Let's see what the experts have to say.

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