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Louse near my house - Blastopsocus variabilis - male

Louse near my house - Blastopsocus variabilis - Male
East Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island, USA
July 25, 2010
Size: 3.5 to 4mm
Standing on blue painter's tape.

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Louse near my house - Blastopsocus variabilis - male Louse near my house - Blastopsocus variabilis - male

A Louse Near My House
Just has a ring to it ... the makings of a really cool Dr. Seuss book

Blastopsocus variabilis (Aaron) -- det. E.L. Mockford
his comment: "The spotting pattern on the abdomen is diagnostic. It is a good photo!"

thanks for this addition, Erick! keep posting your neat bugs.

Moved from Barklice, Booklice, and Parasitic Lice.

 
Very Cool. Thanks for the ID.
Offhand, how do you sex bark lice?

 
i only know that...
...those with conspicuously large eyes like this one are males, but those with small ['normal'] eyes may be male or female, i.e. males may be of either big-eye or small-eye kind, whereas fems always wear small eyes. in some other groups, wingless individuals are always female, while winged ones may be either sex; yet other arrangements exist. but of course if you're able to look at the tail under a 'scope, the anatomy is unequivocal -- but photos hardly ever show that

 
Interesting.
I've got a stereo scope I used to use to ID sedges (Carex spp.), but I'd have to come up with a catch & release method since I don't collect. I'm sure they wouldn't cooperate since they like to be head up against gravity. Good info to know though.