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Embiidina #2 for ID - Haploembia solieri - female

Embiidina #2 for ID - Haploembia solieri - Female
Webb Canyon, ~2000 ft. elevation, Los Angeles County, California, USA
March 3, 2009
Rescued from the landlord's pool. Surrounding habitat is chaparral and mixed oak woodland.

Could these be related to termites or more along the lines of ear wigs?

Origins of webspinners...
Hi, Anthony. I'm not an expert so hopefully I don't get any of this wrong... but, I believe that webspinners are not related to either termites or earwigs. If you take a look at the taxonomic list of insects here, you will see that webspinners are in Order Embiidina, whereas termites can be found in Order Blattodea and earwigs are placed in Order Dermaptera. Despite superficial resemblances to each other, division by order indicates that they are very distinct evolutionarily-speaking.

Moved from Webspinners.

Comparing this with Embiidina #3, submitted by Harsi
Makes me wonder if this one is not a male. It seems to have a differently shaped head along the lines of . This is just an impression, and I have little experience with these, however I am just putting it out there to see what others might think.

If so, there is quite a difference in color and markings in the two specimen. I was under the impression that this species was mostly darkly colored. I have to say that Harsi's images are much more towards red and much more ornately marked. I especially like the "Hot Rod Flames" on the heads of this one, and number 2!

Very cool images, Harsi!

Glad you liked the pics!
I agree, those flame markings are pretty darn cool. I'd actually love to find a male, but I'm afraid I'm entirely unqualified to do anything except join you in idle speculation. I know that Dean commented on your post that it "looks to be an adult male based on the shape of the head", but I'm uncertain as to what exact characteristics to look for and contrast. I think I better leave that up to the experts! :-)

On a side note, my post "Embiidina #3" was unusual in being so extremely light in color. All the other specimens I have found (which is a fair number) have been closer to the color seen on this post. Not sure what to make of that....?

Idle speculation...
...and yet, sometimes I allow myself to dream of a day when I will posses the knowledge and skills necessary to answer this question. Should that day draw nearer, keep your eyes open for another post!

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