Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Fall Fund Drive

Very small Phasmid? - Pseudometapterus umbrosus

Very small Phasmid? - Pseudometapterus umbrosus
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
May 21, 2009
Size: 14 mm
This fellow is so ephemerally thin and small that I barely noticed him. Just as I did resolve him, he snatched the small gnat I hadn't noticed at all! For some reason, the full body shots will not post without extreme jaggies no matter what I try, so I hope the closeup of the beautiful head will help.

Images of this individual: tag all
Very small Phasmid? - Pseudometapterus umbrosus Very small Phasmid? - Pseudometapterus umbrosus Very small Phasmid? - Pseudometapterus umbrosus

Don't know if folks subscribed to all the images or not
so just posting to let you know a comment has been added to the second image.

good idea -- thanks

Pseudometapterus umbrosus (Blatchley)
New genus and species for BG! Large basal spine that is more than its length away from the proximal end of the femur indicates tribe Metapterini. It's too small to be Emesaya or Ghinallelia. It's too large and pale for most Barce and it fits Pseudometapterus. Range indicates umbrosus even though the range for the species of this genus is poorly understood. Black fascia is interrupted behind the eyes which is characteristic of P. umbrosus.

Thought this would be an interesting insect and the clear shots of the head help to nail down the identification. I'll request the guide pages.

If you would like full resolution images to private email, just let me know.


Just post the full body shot, and I'll try editing the image and I'll see what I can do.

at least to some degree.

Looks fine.

it's always nice to find a designer perfume sample in a fresh issue of Lousy Today

I thought the head looked familiar
but I have never seen an assassin that looked anything like this. Thanks, as usual.

Phasmids are vegetarians; this is an assassin bug (Emesinae subfamily) eating a barklouse

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.