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Species Oligotoma nigra - Black Webspinner

Unidentified Webspinner - Oligotoma nigra - male unknown insect - Oligotoma nigra webspinner - Oligotoma nigra - male Oligotoma - Oligotoma nigra sd ╬ - Oligotoma nigra San Diego Webspinner - Oligotoma nigra - male Needzaname - Oligotoma nigra Webspinner - Oligotoma nigra
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Embiidina (Webspinners)
Family Oligotomidae
Genus Oligotoma
Species nigra (Black Webspinner)
Explanation of Names
Oligotoma nigra (Hagen 1866)
Latin niger 'black'
Size
>9 mm
Identification
most of body uniformly blackish or dark brownish; only males have wings
Range
native to India, now widespread in the tropics globally; in our area, sw. US (TX-CA-UT)(1)
Habitat
winged males come to lights
Remarks
probably introduced to NA in the late 1800s in date palm cuttings from Egypt/Persian Gulf (Ross 1957)
See Also
O. saundersii is similar but doesn't currently occur west of TX
Internet References
Fact sheet (Bartelt 2011)(2)