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Psocopteran #1 in California - Amphigerontia montivaga

Psocopteran #1 in California - Amphigerontia montivaga
Webb Canyon , ~2000 ft. altitude, Los Angeles County, California, USA
June 7, 2009
Size: ~3 mm
Usually when I find these guys in the pool they are almost unrecognizable. This one was unfortunately dead, but I thought it might be in good enough condition to be identifiable. I tried my best to untangle the wings, but they are so tiny and delicate that I only partially succeeded. Of the California psocopteran currently in the guide, I thought it might be a good match for Amphigerontia montivaga... Am I close?

Mixed oak & chaparral habitat.

Keywords: barklice, barklouse, psocid

Amphigerontia montivaga
Ed Mockford det. His comment: "abdominal markings don't look right, but there seems to be much variation in those"

 
Thank you...
...for the confirmation! I will attempt to photograph others of this species around my place to see if the abdominal markings are consistent.

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